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In Economically Pressed Area, Waiting for Food

The Baltimore Sun—The line formed by 8 a.m. Friday and grew for hours — men, women and children waiting under the summer sun for the doors to open. Waiting for food.

Inside the Steelworkers’ union hall on Dundalk Avenue, volunteers sorted cans, bagged produce and prepared for the onslaught. Some of them, too, need this food, trucked in by the Maryland Food Bank. Money is tight.

This “pantry on the go”—the largest the food bank supports statewide—transforms the hall into a striking example of coping with financial ends that won’t meet, a life that’s no longer middle class.

Organizers have put it on almost every month for nearly two years, since the Sparrows Point steel mill closed. Spread over two days to make it more manageable, the mobile pantry draws an average of 2,500 people a month—former steelworkers, seniors, veterans and many others.

Read the rest of this story and view a short video on the Baltimore Sun website >>

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