Food banks say that the impact of the recession is increasing the need for them, while decreasing the number of donations. More middle-class and professional workers have lost their jobs, and are depending on the food banks. Many of those same people donated in the past. A new study found that only 7% of people who lost their job after 2008 have found jobs comparable to or above their previous job. Food banks say that they are struggling to meet the demand.
See Patrick Cole, Bloomberg News, January 10, 2012