Listen to James' story. Audio Producer: Natasha Del Toro

James Koester works as the warehouse manager at Catholic Charities. He is in charge of all of the food that is received and sorted for donations to families in need. He says he has seen the number of families coming to pick up free food increase in recent years. He knows first hand the challenges many of these families are facing.

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