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According to the Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB), one in three Arizonans - out of our six million-plus population - is considered working poor: they live at or below 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, earning $40,800 or less for a family of four. AAFB estimates as many as 17 percent - or 375,687,507 actual meals - are missing from the diets of working poor Arizonans. Locally, the Williams Food Bank serves an average of 150 families each month when doors are open two Fridays. The local food bank - spearheaded by Guy and Angie Mikkelsen - has distributed 1,500,000 pounds of food since 2004.

By Lynda Duffy September 27, 2011
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