Higher Food Prices Hit the Poor and Those Who Help Them
Food insecurity is a fairly new term. I think what it really means is that our food dollar simply does not go as far as it used it a year ago. Food is getting very, very expensive.
While overall consumer prices in September 2021 were up 5.4 percent from a year ago, the cost of meat is up slightly more than that. Prices of staples like dairy products, fruits, grains and oils are also rising. Prices of meat, poultry, fish and eggs in U.S. cities are up 15 percent since the start of 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
To address this crazy inflation, our food pantry is open 24 hours a day. We are not funded by a government program or business. This is 100% community run.
We simply made a kiosk / hub for sharing food and provide a place for neighbors to share extra food that have for people who are struggling to make ends meet. It's been going for a year, and we realize that people need it more than ever.
I talk to many of my neighbors every week at the pantry when I am stocking it... these are people who are housed, who have money -- and they don't have enough food to get through the week.
We are very grateful to be working with Berkeley Food Network who supply us with great food. It is different every time we go, and we often get fresh produce!
In fact, we are picking up food today and are making a commitment to do this work once a week. It involves going with a truck to pick up the food, physically packing the truck, lifting food from truck to our storage area and stocking the pantry every day with (often) heavy foods like pasta sauce or canned soups.
Many households are being forced to adjust their shopping lists or seek assistance. And food banks, too, are feeling the pinch.
This NYT article is worth a read.... it's from Oct. 27, 2021.