As federally-funded extended unemployment benefits come to an end, food banks around the country are bracing for an influx of people knocking on their doors for food.
Nearly 2 million people will lose unemployment benefits if Congress doesn’t act, and that will be tough for food banks to immediately absorb. Many believe the cuts in unemployment benefits will leave thousands if not millions of families struggling to keep food on the table.
Said Vicki Escarra, CEO of Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief charity:
"Middle-class families who have lost homes, who have lost jobs, who have any kind of illness… They don't today have any disposable income. The only area they can really give is around food, which is why we're seeing such an increase in mothers and dads going without meals and making sure their children have food, because they've got to pay rent, they have to pay transportation. There's no giving on that. They'll cut back on food every time."
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