Marketplace—At the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore, workers driving forklifts move boxes of mashed potatoes and stuffing and canned soup, a lot of it donated through food drives sponsored by local groups or businesses.
The holidays are prime season for canned food drives. You’ve probably seen donation barrels around the office, or at the grocery store. And with the recent reduction in food stamp benefits that took effect this month, charities say they’re seeing more demand for donated food.
But the traditional food drive is losing favor at some food banks.
“What we’ve found is that it’s the most expensive way to get food on the table of a food insecure person,” says Deborah Flateman, president of the Maryland Food Bank.
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