Despite recovering economy, families in Wichita go hungry

Wichita EagleJune 2, 2010 

Until a month ago, Lisa worked for a community service organization in El Dorado that helped those struggling to make ends meet. Then the grant money ran out, and the single mother of two teenagers was laid off. Now she needs help.

That's what brought Lisa to the United Methodist's Open Door's food pantry at 1611 N. Mosley on Tuesday.

"There are a lot of families working hard to do something with their lives," said Lisa, who asked that her last name not be used for privacy reasons.

She tried to prepare for hard times, which is why she has enough savings to rent a house in Wichita for at least a few months. But her resources are limited.

"There are a lot of struggles, a lot of hurdles," Lisa said.

She joins a growing list of those who need a boost to handle those bumps.

Last year's unemployment high for the Wichita area was about 29,000, double what it was the previous year.

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