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By Miriam Raftery

July 6, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Food donations are urgently needed at the Salvation Army in El Cajon, where supplies are at a “critical low point” after an annual holiday food drive fell far short.

Donations of canned, boxed or other nonperishable food items can be dropped off at the Salvation Army facility at 1011 East Main Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, the organization states on Facebook. For details, call (619) 440-4683. Financial donations are also welcome.

If the supplies are not promptly replenished within 30 days, the nonprofit will be forced to use funds to buy food items to feed the hungry, reducing money available for other important needs, an agency spokesperson has stated, NBC 7 reported.

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A strong indicator of the current economy

This is another example of how the economic downturn is affecting the poor. Despite what is being said at the White House, many of us have been feeling the effects of economic turmoil for many years. People should not have to go hungry in the U.S. nor should they feel 'food insecure'. Minimum wage increases seem to do more economic harm, than good and could be a factor here. In my opinion, the cost of living rises proportionally with these increases. Rental prices have risen dramatically right after the last minimum wage increase, just as I predicted they would. Take a look around and one can see many other products and services have done the same. Hardest hit economically - those of us who are either retired or disabled and scraping by on low incomes calculated at: below federal poverty levels. Followed immediately by the working poor. Year after year the ensuing struggle continues while the chasm widens between the rich and poor. Yet despite these factors, many poor people are the first ones at the front of the line helping others in dire need.