Food Banks Labor Under Increased Demand

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America's largest food bank organization says demand for emergency food is up 30 percent this year.

Feeding America reports many of its clients are first-timers, and many have recently lost their jobs.

Feeding America's Vice President of Public Relations Maura Daly appeared on CBN Newschannel's Morning program to provide more insight the disturbing statistics and how Americans can help. Click play to watch the interview.

Feeding America has more than 200 food banks across the country with each food center feeding about four million Americans a week.

However, with demand up by 30 percent, food banks are struggling. More than half report they've had to turn people away.

The Salvation Army also reports increased demand at its food banks.

"The economy right now and jobs are so scarce it takes everything in them to pay rent, utilities and there's not much left over for purchasing food for the house," said Salvation Army Capt. Butch Frost.

Another sign of the times is that applications for food stamps are on the rise. The Supplemental Food Assistant Program reports an all-time record in June of 35 million people on food stamps. That's more than 1 in 10 Americans.

But perhaps the biggest concern is the nation's children.

Research shows hungry kids have difficulty learning and are less likely to become healthy, productive members of society.

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