An eastern Illinois food bank says about one in every five residents of the region relies on food pantries and other forms of food aid. Food bank officials say the number of people using those services has increased since 2010.
According to reports, the news comes from a report released this week by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank in Urbana and the organization Feeding America.
The report indicates the number of people relying on food aid to eat has increased over the past four years from about 105,000 people to 116,800.
Foodbank CEO Jim Hires says the number of households his group helps that rely on a single income has increased from just under half to 54 percent over that period.