The state of Iowa says nearly 394,000 Iowans received food assistance of some sort in August. Officials say that's another record in a string of records set monthly for more than five years.
The number grows throughout the state. For example, Linn Community Food Bank in Cedar Rapids says it has served nearly 29
percent more families this year than it had by this time in 2010. A published report reveals about one in eight Iowans receive food assistance, compared with one in seven nationally.
Some of the increase in Iowa assistance is due to an easing of income thresholds for aid.
The economy also is being blamed.
Department of Human Services spokesman Roger Munns says "there is a deeper issue than the change in eligibility."