The United Way held their quar­terly Hunger Sum­mit Thurs­day after­noon and all who attended agreed.. Demand for ser­vices is up. Every food pantry in Williams county reported an increased num­ber of first-time clients since August.

Accord­ing to those involved, it’s not that peo­ple can’t afford food, they just can’t afford food along with every­thing else.

Gas and util­i­ties are going up and peo­ple are wor­ried about changes and increased costs asso­ci­ated with the new health insur­ance laws.

Food pantry folks say many of those they help are retirees.

In Bryan, they report that the biggest increase this year has come from unem­ployed, sin­gle men.

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