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Long Lines at Area Food Stamp Offices

Posted September 13, 1996 12:00 a.m. EDT

— The long line in front of the Durham food stamp office started forming early Friday morning, with people ranging in age from the very young to the very old.

Many of those had never requested public assistance before, but with freezers and pocketbooks emptied by Hurricane Fran's tedious aftermath, they felt they had no where else to turn.

Linda Zimmerman said her family lost a lot of food.

The long line in Durham grew to 700 people by afternoon, as people used umbrellas and newspapers to block the hot sun and hunted for something cool to drink.

Durham County Social Services Director Daniel Hudgins said there were emergency food stamps available.

Seeing all those people lined up waiting for the means to provide their families with the basic necessities was overwhelming to some. Beyond the downed trees and power lines, Fran's fury has struck at the heart of survival for some.

The scene was similar in other areas cities. In Fayetteville, nine local radio stations urged people to donate everything from food to cleaning products.

Fayetteville responded.

Organizers of the Fayetteville were very happy with the turnout, and said they expected no less from the people there.