Demand at food banks up 25 percent
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11/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
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As the number of the unemployed rise, the country’s food banks are also struggling to feed more people who are now unemployed or just down on their financial luck.

Today the region’s biggest food bank, America’s Second Harvest of Tampa Bay, conducting its 14th annual Empty Bowls Luncheon at Lykes Gaslight Park.

The Wall Street Journal reported today that food banks historically have depended on donations from food manufacturers and large supermarket chains. But in recent years, production of canned foods, long a staple for food banks, has steadily fallen as Americans preferences have shifted towards fresh food. And food from government programs in recent years has also dropped.

According to America’s Second Harvest’s parent organization, Feeding America, demand at food banks is up about 25 percent across the country from a year ago, including a surge in first-time clients.

Contact America’s Second Harvest of Tampa Bay at (813) 254-1190.

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