[Gaithersburg, Maryland; November 17. Image via Getty]

GAITHERSBURG, MD - NOVEMBER 17: Manna Food Center volunteer Sharon Hwang (C) sorts donated food into individual boxes at the center November 17, 2009 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. A new report shows that 49 million Amercians struggle to find sufficient food, the hightest number since the government began keeping track in 1995. 'We are the canary in the coal mine,' food center Executive Director Amy Ginsberg said about the center's ability to sense bad economic weather ahead. 'This is our new normal,' she said mentioning the increase in the number of people in Montgomery County being served by the center. Mana now helps 3,300 families a month, up from 1,800 families just two years ago. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)