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As the U.S. economy emerged from a deep recession more than two years ago, Faye Taylor found herself living in Chandler without a job, riding her bike to Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank on Arizona Avenue each month to pick up two large bags of groceries.
A couple days before Thanksgiving, at about 5 a.m. people start to form a line that snakes through the parking lot at Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank in Chandler to wait for an emergency grocery box with all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner. The food bank usually hands out yams, cranberry sauce, cakes and about 500 turkeys. But this year on Nov.20, the food bank will be short more than a hundred turkeys.