Although the “official” unemployment rate is barely receding, the demand for food from charities has been rising rapidly – approaching burn out for some
Although the nation’s “official” jobless rate has been receding slightly, it’s not lessening the rapidly rising need for food for families who are relying more and more on our country’s food banks just to have one meal a day. Federal funds and surplus foods are coming in at less than half of what they were this time last year. And it’s literally scaring those who watch the demand for food rising faster and faster, folks that run community food banks and churches. They’re increasingly not able to meet the increasing need for basic nutrition for families who used to be among the middle class.
Already some of the churches report that they are starting to turn hungry families away because of all the new families coming in for assistance. One food worker said, “I can’t believe what’s happening to this country. They say the recession is declining, but we’re not seeing it on the street. It’s getting worse.”
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