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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- The closing of a charity that provided the needy with discounted groceries for 17 years is leaving many who counted on its services digging deeper into their pockets in order to eat.
Angel Food Ministries, which served people across the U.S., folded in September saying it couldn't keep up with rising food and fuel costs. At first, the Georgia-based charity said it was temporarily suspending services. But weeks later it announced it was closing for good.
The Augusta Chronicle reports that Angel Food's closure is putting a financial pinch on thousands of families who relied on the charity, which offered services through 35 churches in the area.
Some churches have organized their own food pantries to try to fill the void, while other charities are seeing increases in calls for help.
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