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Families Seek Community Assistance As Bitter Temperatures Hang On

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As the bitter temperatures hang on, Manna Food Project and Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency say more people are seeking assistance.

When electric bills and propane are costing families more money, they are having to sacrifice things like food. That's where Manna Food Project comes into play.

Manna Food Project says the shelves are full. The problem they are seeing is getting the people to the actual pantry. They say especially senior citizens have a hard time seeking out the help they need and getting to the pantry, and are often unable to drive in these conditions. There have been times Manna sees people walking or riding their bike to the pantry in below zero temperatures.

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency also says people are coming to them for help. With heightened propane costs, people are unable to heat their homes.

9&10's Alyssa Gambla and photojournalist Erin Malone spoke to these organizations to find out more about how families are struggling in these freezing temperatures.

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