By Reggie Ellis
The number of people and families needing food in Exeter has increased by 300 percent since 1999. In the cold winter months of the holidays many seasonal workers cannot afford to put food on the table for their families.
Pastor Bud Mayabb has seen the number of people needing food increase to 1,500 a month during his four years as director of the Exeter Food Closet and he said the "number keeps growing."
Mayabb said feeding all of those families would not have been possible without the support of FoodLink for Tulare County. Beginning on Nov. 1, the Visalia Trolley has stopped at various locations throughout the county from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. People bring food or cash donations and place them in the trolley which travels back to FoodLink in Visalia for distribution throughout the county. The trolley will stop at the Exeter Chamber of Commerce from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24. Administrative Manager Becky Kennedy said this stop would be special because instead of traveling back to Visalia, all of the food and cash donations raised will be taken to the Exeter Food Closet to be distributed to needy families in the Exeter area. For every dollar donated, FoodLink can provide an additional four pounds of food.
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