Middle class visiting Johnson County food banks

April 8, 2008

Soaring gas prices, a tough job market and job cuts - plus high medical costs - are driving more middle-class people to food banks in Johnson County, reports The Daily Journal of Franklin.

At least one food pantry has seen a doubling of those seeking the services for the first time, with 53 families - 201 people - signing up in one week. Numbers always spike when companies cut jobs, the paper said.

Nationally, about 80,000 people lost their jobs in March, according to the Labor Department. It was the third consecutive month jobs were cut, the longest decline since 2003.

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