Increasing demand for food banks and fresh food

Food banks across the US and Canada are deeply affected by tough economic times both by a decline in donations and an increase in demand. The US government has started shifting the federal government's support of food banks towards more vegetables and fruits and many food banks are trying to adapt to increasing use and more demand for fresh food by opening their own farms and partnering with institutions as varied as local supermarkets and state prisons to help gather and process food.

More Information

"From Canned Goods to Fresh, Food Banks Adapt" - December 11, 2008, The New York Times

"When the Cupboard Is Bare" - November 10, 2008, The New York Times