We’ve all gotten to know about inflation over the past 3 to 6 months. The prices of just about everything we purchase has gone up and that includes food.
What does that mean for people struggling with food insecurity and the food banks and pantries that support them? Interrelated problems. At the same time that inflation is causing more people to need food assistance, the organizations that support them have to expend more resources for the same amount of food to distribute. For those organizations that don’t have more resources, it means they can’t meet the need.
Some recent media coverage of the challenging situation:
NPR – Food Banks Face Increased Need
Bloomberg News – Food Bank Face Rising Costs
Washington Post – Food Bank Need Surges with Inflation
If you are planning a food drive this spring, let people know about how inflation is affecting those less fortunate. If you are donating to a food drive, think about donating just a little bit more. “Inflating” your support is a great way to help those fighting inflation’s effects.