Many Families Turn to Food Pantries for Help

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Many Families Turn to Food Pantries for Help

Abstract

Data from the 2002 round of the National Survey of America's Families documents that the working poor are struggling to cover food costs. Over 4 million nonelderly low-income families reported using a food pantry in the past year. Working parents with children made up nearly half the families that turned to food pantries. Forty-six percent of low-income families using food pantries also reported receiving federal food stamps.

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