The effects of inflation have rippled across America since early 2021, with the consequences now being seen in empty food banks around the nation.
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Representatives for food banks have indicated that people can no longer afford to feed themselves, so they have been relying on the food banks in larger numbers than usual.
According to the director of Harvest Compassion Center, a Phoenix facility that supplies people in need of food, toiletries, and clothing, the growing number of people leaning on food banks to feed themselves does not appear to be a passing trend.
“Unfortunately, the need keeps going up,” the director said.
In the 13 years since the Harvest Compassion Center opened, July and August have been their busiest months ever.
Another food bank in Pittsburgh indicated that demand at their facility is up 18 percent since the previous year.
Similarly, in Texas, the CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank stated that they used to help feed approximately 60,000 people per week before the COVID-19 pandemic, a figure that grew to about 120,000 people in peak months. That number dropped back to about 90,000 people per week after the pandemic, but of late, with inflation ravaging the nation, their food bank now serves over 100,000 people again.
The Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati is seeing empty shelves in what used to be a packed 100,000 square foot warehouse. The food bank’s CEO estimated that the warehouse normally has about five million pounds of food, and it now only houses about half of that.
Cal Coblentz, CEO of Spokane Valley Partner in Washington, related a similar plight for his food bank.
“I’ve been here five years and our warehouse has never been this low,” said Coblentz. “They were full and we were flowing out food.”
“We’re seeing families that have never used a food bank before come ask for help,” he added.
The current inflation rate is 8.3 percent, down from a high of 9.1 percent in June 2022, but still about 6 times higher than the 1.4 percent rate in January 2021.