KANSAS CITY, Mo. - More and more people are turning to food banks to feed their families, according to a new study. We talked to the CEO of Harvesters Food Network.
Valerie Nicholson-Watson said these days, it’s not just low income families who need help. Senior citizens, military veterans, even those with a higher education are having trouble putting food on the table.
"So many of our hard-working families are either underemployed or just have low wages and so the numbers don't add up," Nicholson-Watson said. "When you look at what it costs to sustain a modest lifestyle and you look at what some of our families are bringing in as far as income, the numbers don't add up, so they have to make very difficult choices."
Twenty percent of people getting help are senior citizens. More than half of those getting help have had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage.
Almost 30 percent of veterans have to get some sort of food assistance.