"The need in Bristol County was such that we had to beef up ourpresence here," Janet Zipes, communications manager for the FoodBank, tells GlobeSt.com. "We didn't want them to have to go intoBoston to get food." Zipes notes that the soup kitchens are staffedlargely by volunteers and having the facility here enables them tofocus on distribution.

The levels of unemployment is usually a good indicator of foodneed, Zipes points out, and this county has the highest averageunemployment rate in the state, at 3.9% Fleet Foundation andPhilanthropic Services provided a $125,000 contribution towards theFood Bank's expansion. FleetBoston Financial gave a $25,000 grantand donations were given from local businesses and individuals.

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