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Food pantries break monthly record

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Des Moines Area Religious Council's network of food pantries say they served more people in September than any month in their history.

KCCI-TV reports council's 12 pantries served more than 15,000 people last month, up from the nearly 14,800 individuals served in June. The service trend continues to rise. For comparison, the network only served 8,712 individuals in September 2012.

Council executive director Sarai Rice says one reason for the spike is the opening of their River Place pantry, which has drawn a neighboring immigrant population and older adults who use the federal supplemental food program in nearby stores.

Rice says the new location is a "sweet spot" for giving people access to food resources where they previously had none.

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