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There are 22,370 individuals living at or below the poverty level in Catawba County.
Of those, 2,134 are 65 years and older and 7,923 are children.
Catawba County’s local branch of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, a Feeding America food bank, works with partner agencies in the county to provide food to individuals like these in need.
To read more of this story, pick up the Wednesday through Thursday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.