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Address data used to confirm identities for Food Express truck

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Staff running a Food Express truck in western New York will be asking for identification from people who approach them for address verification purposes.

The Food Bank of Western New York has seen a rise in demand for products from its Food Express truck, which distributes food for families in the state who have been worst affected by the recession, reports the Post-Journal.

However, the organisation has had problems with people taking more than their fair share and is introducing an address verification scheme to make sure they are helping the hardest-hit families within specific ZIP Codes.

Linda Whiteley, director of the Ashville Food Pantry, told the paper: "Now, if someone approaches the Food Express Truck, our volunteers will be asking for identification to ensure that person lives within the ZIP Codes served by that particular truck. We've implemented this across the board."

In other news, businesses could start using ZIP Code software to form car pools in the event that a winter swine flu outbreak closes down public transport systems, reports the Washington Business Journal.