While unemployment rates are decreasing and the economy is recovering many Missourians are still using Missouri food banks to help feed there families. 2013 was a record-breaking year with more than 100 million pounds of food distributed across the state. That’s an increase of 23 percent from 2012. The U.S. Department of Agriculture ranks Missouri number two in the nation for very low food security, which means many of the state’s residents have a hard time consistently providing food for themselves and their families. According to Monica Palmer, Communications Manager with Missouri Food Bank Association, “Historically, food banks are the organizations that help with emergency needs, but over the last several years we’ve seen food banks supplying more maintenance food.” Cuts to the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program last year equated to 3.5 million lost meals for Missouri families. While the recently-passed Federal Farm Bill does allocate an additional $200 million to food banks nationwide.