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Jul 19, 2010 7:11 AM by Sharlee Barriere

Fishing Families Turn to Fast Food, 'Grind Meats'

POINTE A LA HACHE, La. (AP) - For thousands who count on the
Gulf of Mexico to feed their families, what once seemed like a
never-ending, free buffet of shrimp, crabs, oysters and fish is
off-limits.
Even though BP PLC has at least temporarily stopped the oil leak
that had been fouling the Gulf for nearly three months, more than a
third of the Gulf from Texas to Florida remains closed.
It's not that people are starving. With compensation checks from
BP and the help of charities such as Second Harvest Food Bank,
they're able to stock their pantries with staples - rice and beans,
grits and cereal, peanut butter and jelly.
Trey Williams, spokesman for the Louisiana Department of
Children and Family Services, says nearly 2,000 people in five
parishes have applied for assistance since May 3. Enrollment in
other programs also has jumped.

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