According to a new study by the Heartland Alliance, poor surburbanites have nearly doubled in the past 20 years.
Federal guidelines say a family of four making less than $23,000 is technically poor.
But the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry say most of their new clients would land well above that line.
The face of suburban poverty is also growing more diverse.
U.S. born Blacks and Latinos make up the make up the majority of poor, but the biggest rise has been in U.S. born whites and immigrants, the study reports.
Researchers say fewer mass transit options and fewer social services create more obstacles for suburbanites.