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Cd'A Food Bank in Desperate Need of Volunteers

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The Program Manager at the Community Action Partnership Food Bank in Coeur d'Alene says they need at least sixty regular volunteers a month to help them distribute food to all of the needy families, but she says the larger workload has become overwhelming and many volunteers are quitting, leaving them extremely shorthanded.

Carolyn Shewfelt, Program Manager of CAP Food Bank, says her food bank is designed to provide food for 2000 people, but for the last several months that number has quadrupled. Last month, for example, they gave out food boxes to more than 9600 people. Volunteers have been working non-stop to help the overwhelming amount of people that walk through the doors, but Shewfelt says the work has become harder and more stressful and a lot of her volunteers just couldn't do it anymore. Now she is struggling to keep the food bank operational.

"We still have food issues, but the biggest issue is volunteers that will commit to come in and help, and it doesn't really do any good to have food if you can't get it to the people," said Shewfelt.

Shewfelt says she needs people to be dedicated volunteers that are able to help out with their growing demand. She says at this point she is remaining optimistic that things will get better and fewer people will need to come to them for food.

If you would like to help volunteer you can contact the front office of the Community Action Partnership Food Bank, and, of course, they still are always in need of more food donations.

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