Suburban Middle-Class Filling Food Banks
Across the nation, charitable food banks are seeing an increasing number of first-time users, as well as seemingly well-off suburbanites, looking for aid. Despite the stigma, many people simply have no other choice. The leading factor, experts say, is rent; many families, even 'working poor,' spend two-thirds of their income on rent alone. For the middle-class, as the tech industry narrows, former employees become forced into low-paying jobs but still must pay suburban mortgages. The operators of many food banks, as well as the Urban Institute, want to see the government both expand food stamps and subsidize housing.
Thanks to Jeffrey Goodman