Despite Food Banks Giving Away More Food Than Ever, People Are Still Going Hungry
From TheHungerSite.com, August 2015
We often expect the need for food banks and community assistance to decrease when the economy increases, but the reality is that the opposite may be true. Despite a growing economy, U.S. food banks are expected to disseminate 4 billion pounds of food in 2015, according to the Associated Press.
The long lines and growing demand for food at community pantries may be surprising for some because unemployment has dropped and the economy is growing. However, many people working are earning lower wages or only working part time, according to James Ziliak, founder of the Center for Poverty Research at the University of Kentucky. The earnings are stretched thin, he told the Associated Press.
People who no longer qualify for food stamps because they are working part time are still struggling to pay their bills and provide food for their families. Approximately 46 million people utilized food assistance through local food banks at least once in 2014, according to Feeding America spokesman Ross Fraser. The rising cost of living is also considered a factor in the influx of people seeking assistance with feeding their families.
“There are families that look no different than we do that are struggling,” said one food bank volunteer. “You never know when your savings will run dry, you’ll experience a drop in wages, or worse, face unemployment. “
Food banks and cupboards provide the assistance needed to fight hunger and provide for the well being of children and families.