More Area Residents Are Depending On Food Banks To Survive

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new report finds food banks are now the norm for many who might otherwise go hungry.

Philabundance President Bill Clark says long-term reliance has on food pantries has developed for four reasons: a growing senior population on a fixed income, a growing population of “working poor,” impoverished neighborhoods where there is no grocery store, and the gap between food stamp benefits and the need.

“So we’re seeing waves – where those food stamp benefits run out and people are coming to the cupboards at the end of the month.”

Clark says Philabundance doesn’t see using food banks as a food source going away anytime soon even as pantries struggle to meet an increasing need among young, old, unemployed and working people.

Reported by Robin Culverwell, KYW Newsradio

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