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New Study Shows Hunger on the Rise in Carter County

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ARDMORE, OK--Hunger is a rising problem across the country and in Texoma.

According to a new study, thousands of people in Carter County don't know where their next meal will come from.

Julia Lavers said she felt all alone when she hit rock bottom a few years ago.
Her husband passed away in 2002 and then the unexpected happened when her son passed away in 2009.

Lavers said she found herself without a family and soon after she found herself homeless after a tornado passed through lone grove in 2009.


"It is a new beginning, a new beginning in life when the old is perished and they help you get back on your feet," said Lavers. "I am grateful and I am thankful that there is a place like the Salvation Army that extends their heart to those who don't have and have no way of getting it," said Lavers.

However, Lavers said she wasn't the only one experiencing hunger and homelessness.
According to a study by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, thousands of Carter County residents may not know where their next meal will come from.

"We have seen more people this year than we did last year; it's a greater number on both ends. We see more people coming in for food baskets and more people staying in our facilities," said Salvation Army Commanding Officer Jeff Daniels.

Daniels said the number of people in need has increased since last year.  He said they try and help everyone that walks through their door and that they encourage anyone who needs them to use the resources that are available.

"What we try to do is to encourage people to not just sign up for assistance but to take the steps necessary to take responsibility for their situation and improve it," said Daniles.

Something lavers said she's already done.

"In return I have done my best to work here and needs to be done as if it were my own personal home," Said Lavers.

The Salvation Army gives out free food every day of the week around lunch time and in the evenings.