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Shelves at the warehouse of Food Bank Net Nishisaitama, a nonprofit group delivering food to households in financial distress in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, have become noticeably empty in recent months.

The group is just one of a rising number of food banks — organizations that deliver food collected through donations to financially struggling families and free canteens for children from low-income households — that have recently been hit by soaring prices due to the weaker yen and the war in Ukraine.

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