Aren most of the people going to soup kitchens to blame for their own situation?
Another study, commissioned by America’s Second Harvest, the nation’s largest network of food banks, found that about 36 percent of households seeking emergency food banks assistance had one or more family member currently employed. 3 Hunger is becoming a growing problem among the working poor. Although the number of people participating in the Food Stamp Program has risen in recent years, about 40 percent of currently eligible people still do not participate 4, often because of they do not know that they are eligible or face various other barriers to participation. Food banks have had to help fill the gap. Indeed, America’s Second Harvest estimates that they serve over 25 million people per year 5, just about the same as the number of people who receive Food Stamp benefits (25.7 million).