Rising food and gas prices are causing more and more people to seek help from the North Texas Food Bank.
Driving the news: The cost of groceries rose nearly 13% in March from February, according to the Global Food Price Index.
- The NTFB distributed 22% more food in March compared to February, increasing from 10 million meals to 12.2 million meals.
Why is this important: Global hunger has been exacerbated by the pandemic, and now soaring prices are increasing demand for food aid, reports Erica Pandey of Axios.
- Hunger in America was at an all-time low before 2020, according to Feeding America. Now it’s coming back.
Enlarge: In North Texas, one in five children suffer from food insecurity.
Details: The cost of one of the NTFB’s staple foods – cans of peaches – has almost doubled since last year, so the food bank is looking for fruit substitutes, said Anne Readhimer, vice president of the NTFB. community impact, at Axios.
- The NTFB is also spending about 35% more on gasoline than before the price spike, which affects operating costs to distribute donations to the small food banks served by the NTFB.
Rollback: In the early days of the pandemic in 2020, 40% of people who received food bank assistance were seeking help for the first time.
- Demand has fallen since then, but is on the rise again as it appears “uncertain times will continue for some time to come,” Readhimer said.
How to help: The food bank is spending around three times as much to buy food as before 2020 and needs more food donations.