Food Banks Facing New Clients, Mounting Costs

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Stockton, Calif (AP) Food banks are being pressured as an increasing number of people turn to them for help in a sagging economy.

The pressure comes as food prices increase and inflation-adjusted earnings drop. And while demand is up, food bank supplies and donations are down.

America's Second Harvest-the nation's food bank network has spent a year asking lawmakers to increase the annual level of funding for the emergency food assistance program. A recent survey showed that 99 percent of their food banks have seen a surge in the number of clients.

In response, congress boosted funding from 140 million dollars to 250 million, but that money won't be available until October.