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Food Pantry Run By South Coast Hospital Reports Huge Spike In Demand Due To Coronavirus Crisis

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A South Coast food pantry run by a group of hospitals is reporting an unprecedented spike in demand for aid during the coronavirus crisis.

The St. John's Food Pantry has had a 32% increase in people served in March of this year over March of 2019, helping more than 2300 people.

Officials with the food pantry say families have been challenged by stay-at-home orders, and a spike in unemployment.  The Oxnard facility is open two days a week.  It's part of St. John's Hospitals Health Ministries.

The pantry is a community service of Dignity Health's St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, and St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo.