food banks

Poverty On The Rise In Illinois

Jan 17, 2013

The number of Illinois residents relying on food stamps and food banks is rising along with the state’s poverty rate.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn reminds state residents to support food banks during the holiday season and throughout the year. Quinn's office says there are eight food banks around the state and, according to Feeding Illinois, there are more than 1.9 million people in the state who don't have access to nutritious food. Quinn urges people to volunteer at food banks in their communities and donate to them. 

Tennessee food banks are weathering a dip in some food supplies as demand remains high. Terry Minton is the commodity administrator for the state Department of Agriculture. Minton says one part of food bank supplies, USDA surplus food, is a bonus that fluctuates with the season and market demand.