NEW YORK (AP) —
A report says emergency food banks and pantries are becoming long-term solutions for a lot of hungry Americans.
The analysis, based on a survey conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, was released Wednesday by a Chicago-based hunger-relief group, Feeding America.
More than half of those surveyed said they had gone to food banks anywhere from most months to every month.
The group says some of those people also get food stamps, but it's not enough.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 17.2 million households were considered "food insecure" in 2010.
Of those, 6.4 million households had very low "food security."
That means they couldn't always afford something to eat.
The analysis looks at data compiled in 2009 for Feeding America's Hunger In America 2010 report.