According to Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief charity in the United States, a $1 donation can provide seven meals to a hungry family. Even at that, the task of feeding the hungry within our borders is a costly enterprise. Economic woes and high unemployment have led to an increase of families living at or below the poverty line. In 2008, 49 million households qualified for the Department of Agriculture's "food insecurity" ranking for people who have inadequate access to nourishing food. That number is at an all-time high. The USDA recommends that you support your local food banks and food pantries by donating money, goods or your expertise.