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Food banks across the state see increased demand amid rising prices

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Clifton Food Bank Pantry Grand Junction
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Colorado Matters senior host Ryan Warner speaks with Jackie Feaster, executive director of the Clifton Christian Church Food Bank in Clifton on Monday, January 5, 2022.

For a look at how inflation has hit families and food banks across Colorado, we visit the Clifton Christian Church Food Bank just outside of Grand Junction and meet Executive Director Jackie Feaster. She says her own experience when she was younger has helped her understand the struggles her clients go through and she strives not only to provide food for her clients but also to treat them with dignity and respect.

Feaster says she's seen rising demand for food and other supplies as the cost of goods has risen and depends on what's called a "grocery rescue program," where stores donate food that hasn't sold but is still good. She says local farms also donate produce and so far, she's been able to keep the shelves full.