Soup kitchens fed 25 million Americans last year. That's up 9% from 2001. The numbers include 9 million children.
America's Second Harvest -- a group representing 39,000 hunger relief organizations in the US -- looked at what those people were like -- and were surprised.
They found 36% of those seeking private help came from households where at least one person had a job.
The numbers were higher in some places -- like here in Washington, DC. The Capital Area Food Bank served 383,000 people last year. They report nearly half had jobs.
Many people even own their own homes -- but with prices rising and income flat for five years -- they're having to make choices between paying the mortgage or buying food. (WashPost)