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Evidence grows that the pandemic is causing more mid-state homelessness, hunger

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- Judith Tackett with Nashville’s Homeless Impact Division says homeless camps across Metro appear to be growing.

 

She cautions it’s too soon to know exactly why.

 

Tackett says it’s possible previously homeless individuals are simply moving from their hidden shelters into more public areas because the pandemic is making food scarce.

 

Second Harvest Food Bank President Nancy Kiel recently told WSMV the agency has seen a roughly 38 percent increase in requests for aid. She notes that, at the same time, the non-profit has seen a drop in donaitons and the number of volunteers.

 

Kiel says many of those now asking for food aid are doing so for the first time.