12/20/2008 02:08 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Soup Kitchens Expect Busy Winter

Chicago's emergency food pantries and soup kitchens are gearing up for a busy winter, thanks to spiraling unemployment and food costs.

With the unemployment rate in Cook County currently topping at 7.6 percent--up from 5.4 percent last year--and the country's economic future shaky at best, the city's numerous food programs are nervously watching their budgets.

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