BUFFALO, N.Y. - Empty spaces on the shelves of the Food Bank of Western New York represent a bigger problem when it comes to feeding the hungry in Western New York.
"More and more people are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet, so what's suffering is their food budget," said Marylou Borowiak, President and CEO of the Food Bank of Western New York.
The hunger gap is being dubbed "food insecurity" - simply put - not being able to put enough food on the table.
An estimated 14% of our area's population, or about 185,000 people, is food insecure.
That means more people than ever are relying more heavily on food pantries and soup kitchens.