Economy Sending More Texans To Food Banks

A growing number of San Antonio families are turning to food banks and public assistance as they feel the effects of high food prices and an anemic economy.

The San Antonio Food Bank helped almost 316,000 families in the fiscal year that ended in June. That's an 85% increase from the previous year.

The food bank gave away about 30 million pounds of food in the last fiscal year, only second to the 33 million pounds it gave away when thousands of Hurricane Katrina evacuees arrived here.

State officials say 10,000 more people in Bexar (BAYR) County were on food stamps than the previous year. Statewide, enrollment increased by 190,000 people.

The increase may be the result of variables in data collection. But state Health and Human Services spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman said the state is adding staff to help handle rising caseloads in programs like food stamps and Medicaid.

Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com

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