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Iowa food banks see higher demand

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MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) -- North Iowa food banks are seeing the combination of a slumping economy and layoffs at a major manufacturing plant drive up the number of people asking for help.

Wayne Johns, president of the Neighborhood Food Bank in Forest City, says his organization is getting 40 more clients a month than last year. Johns says layoffs at the Winnebago plant in Forest City are behind the increase.

Johns says even those who kept their jobs are seeing their hours cut, and that's driving up his numbers.

Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank President Al Bock says the Mason City food bank saw increased numbers beginning in September.

Floyd County Food Box director Rosemary Fjelstul says more people came for help after the Winnebago Industries Charles City Manufacturing Facility shut its doors in August.

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