“The need is growing quickly, as gas prices are continuing to rise,” Christopher Ivey, a spokesman for a Detroit-based food bank, Forgotten Harvest, told the WSJ.
“As you know, there are shortages in the grocery store and the costs of the commodity goods are going up and up and up.”
Data suggests that 85% of food banks have seen “demand for food assistance increase or stay the same in February compared with the previous month,” which represents a 20% increase since January, the WSJ reported.
Hunger-relief organizations like Feeding America have been forced to buy food at exorbitant prices in order to make up for the decline in donations from retail stores.
President Katie Fitzgerald told the WSJ that her network had “increased food purchasing by close to 60%” and that in the midst of Bidenflation and a supply chain crisis, “now it’s costing us 40% more.”
Fitzgerald said that more Americans are being pushed into “food insecurity.”
“The combination of fuel prices, food prices, frankly, is– is, we fear, pushing more people into food insecurity,” Fitzgerald said. “And we had 38 million people facing food insecurity in the US before these prices went up.”
The Federalist provided a breakdown of the price increases.
“In the average U.S. city, ground beef is up 14.9 percent since last March, boneless stew beef is up 24.3 percent, bacon is up 23.1 percent, boneless chicken breasts are up 17.6 percent, eggs are up 25.9 percent, milk is up 17 percent, frozen orange juice concentrate is up 18 percent, and ground coffee is up 15.8 percent,” the Federalist reported.
“These are unsustainable numbers for most Americans, especially those who aren’t making as much as the politicians pushing bloated, multi-trillion-dollar spending plans to flood the economy with cash,” Reynolds wrote.