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November 26, 2012

Record drought leaves food banks dry

This past summer’s record-breaking drought caused a nationwide food shortage and price hikes that left some Americans hungry this Thanksgiving. With food banks in short supply, it is more difficult for low-wage workers to find an affordable meal.

Food banks are charitable organizations that distribute food to low-income individuals who can’t afford to buy groceries. Food banks also supply food pantries, charitable nonprofit groups, soup kitchens and emergency shelters. To remove surpluses, the US government buys leftover food and donates it to food banks. But the most recent drought, which was the worst since the 1930’s Dust Bowl, caused a food shortage and significantly higher prices at grocery stores.

Read the full Story: RT