Casino closures and New Jersey opting out of the Farm Bill's "Heat and Eat" provision has led to unprecedented volume at area food pantries
By Suzette Parmley
Last year started out bad and only got worse for Jose and Karla Mercado.
Both worked at the Atlantic Club and lost their kitchen jobs last January when the casino became the first of four in Atlantic City to close.
They're still out of work, and with their unemployment benefits and food stamps exhausted, and their savings nearly depleted, their only relief comes from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey's branch here in Egg Harbor Township.