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Volunteers unload a food delivery in Iowa Falls.

This year, the Iowa Food Bank purchased 7,000 turkeys -- 3,000 short of the number they needed. Thankfully, donors have heard about their need and helped fill the gap, said communications manager Lindsay Pingel.

She's finding families hit by the SNAP cuts are trimming other parts of their budgets to buy food.

"What we've seen [are] a lot of asks for toiletry and personal care products," Pingel said. "They're maybe using money they would have put towards personal care items on food."

But the food bank is still distributing food -- at a rate of 9 millions pounds a year.

First published November 28, 2013: 11:51 AM ET

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