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Metro CareRing hopes to feel the love during Share the Harvest Food Drive

The cupboards are almost bare at

Metro CareRing

-- and that's bad news for the approximately 35,000 Denverites who rely on the non-profit emergency food pantry. The organization provides more than 2,000 pounds of food and personal-care items a day, but its budget is stretched very thin these days.

Over the last year, the organization has seen a 31 percent increase in demand. "The people who come in for assistance are spanning the whole spectrum," says Vicki Edmundson, Metro CareRing's acting executive director. "Usually it has been the working poor, but now we see more middle-class people who have lost their jobs....And worse, people who used to be our donors are now the ones looking for assistance."

To refill the shelves -- and its coffers -- Metro CareRing is running its Share the Harvest Food Drive all month. "We do see an increase in donations around the holidays and that is great," Edmundson explains. "But people are not just hungry around the holidays. We feed this many people all year round."

You can make a donation at Metro CareRing, 1100 East 18th Avenue. For more information, call 303-860-7200.

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