Inflation fuels higher demand at food banks as grocery prices soar


By Ariel Zilber, New York Post

August 1, 2022


Almost half of the nation’s food banks are reporting an increase in the number of people who have been visiting pantries as runaway inflation has put groceries out of reach for those with limited incomes, according to a report.


Of the 200 food banks surveyed, some 45% of them saw more people ask for services, according to data from Feeding America.


Inflation surged 9.1% in June compared to the same period last year – a clip not seen in four decades.


Soaring consumer prices for basic foodstuffs like corn, rice, milk, juice and butter have forced many Americans to turn to pantries.


The price of gasoline is up 60% compared with a year ago, while cereal costs 15% more than it did last year.


Meat and poultry is 10.4% more expensive now than it was at this time last year while fruits and vegetables are 8.1% costlier, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


“With food costs rising at their fastest rate in decades, we’re seeing many families that were already barely keeping their heads above water are now increasingly and more frequently relying on food pantries,” Jilly Stephens, the CEO of City Harvest, told


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