The down economy is clearly taking a toll on Texas' largest cities, especially Dallas.
- Demand for emergency food has risen 25% in recent months, according to the North Texas Food Bank.
- More Dallas residents hit by rising costs are now "living on the fringe" of hunger, according to CBS 11 News.
- Middle-class families in Tarrant County are turning to food pantries to make ends meet. "This is my first time I've had to depend on something like this," said the wife of one furloughed GM worker. "It's hard."
- The U.S. Conference of Mayors says a recent 77 percent increase in funding has done little to reach the 10 percent of Dallas' food insecure population that is underserved by current efforts.
"These are uncharted waters not only for our country but for our nonprofits," admitted Jan Pruitt, the chief executive officer of the North Texas Food Bank.