It affects every aspect of their lives, including their kids.
"When they have a friend over, that's another thing we have to think about, we better make sure we get this kid home before lunch tomorrow," she said.
In the last year, two and a half million additional people have joined the roles in the food stamp program, said Braley, who is calling for lawmakers to put food insecurity on the agenda along with bailouts for corporations.
"In the last year, two and a half million additional people have joined the roles in the food stamp program," Braley said.
"We really would like to see the needs of hungry people addressed in the economic stimulus or recovery package that the Congress and administration will take up," he said.
"Shoring up of the food stamp program and the emergency food assistance programs," may help the increasing number of Americans where the shopping cart isn't even half full.
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest) has a national food bank locator: http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx.