More BR residents using food bank

POSTED: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 3:40pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:59pm

Tough economic times are bringing a different crowd of people to the Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Volunteers say they've seen a big increase in the number of middle class families asking for food.

They say many of the parents are in between jobs and have no where else to turn.

The demand comes after a hard year of budget cuts for the food bank.

The state cut funding by more than $500,000 this year.

"It's going to be a tough time for us as we go forward because of the amount of food that we're not going to have to be able to access, said Mike Mannis, CEO of the Baton Rouge Food Bank.

As the holiday season gets closer, officials say donations are on track.

Walmart donated a truck full of food to the food bank this week.

Volunteers can keep the truck.

They estimate it will help area food banks transport up to 53 million pounds of food a year.