food pantry http://michiganradio.org en Emergency food providers stretched thin in suburban Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-food-providers-stretched-thin-suburban-detroit <p>People on the front lines of food insecurity in suburban Detroit say things are grim: demand is growing as federal and state food programs are cut.</p><p>In Macomb County, anti-hunger advocates are overwhelmed with need. The number of people needing emergency food assistance has almost doubled between 2008 and 2010.</p><p>John Kastler is with Gleaners Community Food Bank. He said those funds, particularly from the federal government, &ldquo;really did make it a lot easier to stock the pantries and put food on the table.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;And when you talk about these programs being cut and the funding disappearing&hellip;it really does put people in crisis,&rdquo; Kastler said.</p><p>Sue Figurski, coordinator of the Macomb Food Program, said the state&rsquo;s recent decision to implement <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9PSFQ3G0.htm">an asset test for food stamp applicants</a> has put even more strain on food pantries--and proved a degrading process for many seeking help.</p><p>&ldquo;Do you think anybody really and truly wants to be on food stamps? Not be able to take care of their family? Not the people we talk to,&rdquo; Figurski said.</p><p>Last month, <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20111103/METRO03/111030402/Macomb-to-focus-on-hunger">Macomb County officials started a Food Policy Council</a> to deal with the problem of growing hunger and declining resources. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 04:56:01 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5344 at http://michiganradio.org Emergency food providers stretched thin in suburban Detroit