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Founded in 1985, the Montgomery County Food Bank provides assistance throughout the entire county through 50 partnering pantries. The Food Bank is a 501(c ) 3 non-profit-agency that distributed nearly 6 million pounds in 2011. 11% of Montgomery County residents fall below the poverty line and need assistance. Most of the clients are the working poor; those who have jobs but are unable to make ends meet and earn too much to qualify for government assistance. Over 40% of the clients are children and about 11% are senior citizens on fixed incomes having to choose between food and medicine. Many clients are people who never expected to be asking for help but must due to job loss, family illness, or some other personal or community crisis. Persons requesting assistance are directed to a food pantry in their neighborhood. The MCFB also supports 46 schools in Operation Kid Pack (or Food Stations in secondary level schools) that provide a weekend worth of meals to a hungry child delivered through a non-descript backpack to avoid embarrassment. In 2012, the MCFB hopes to expand on 2 programs-Food Fairs or massive food giveaways, and a Senior Living Boxes with foods packaged together with specific dietary concerns for the elderly
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