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As families deal with rising grocery prices, local food assistance programs have been hit by higher prices.

The country’s food banks are now battling inflation due to the global supply chain crisis. At the same time, the demand has increased just before the holiday season.

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At the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, volunteers will distribute more than 1 million pounds of food each week in November to meet growing needs.

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The organization’s president and CEO, Kristin Warzocha, said, “We’re months ahead of the holidays and they’re on. The fact is, the need for emergency food has never been greater during the pandemic.”

Warzocha explained that prices have gone up even for the most essential food items.

“This year we ordered six truckloads of turkeys; each turkey costs up 20%. Peanut butter, a staple for families in our community and a staple we distribute to food banks, is up 40% It is,” said Warzocha. “We had orders that were canceled at the last minute, we had orders that were bought from someone who paid more than we were under.”

Brian Greene, president and CEO of Houston Food Bank, told Granthshala News that the cost of storing and transporting food has also increased.

US food banks struggling to provide for hungry families amid rising prices, supply chain issues

Green said, “It’s not just food, we go through thousands of boxes a week and those costs have increased significantly, pallets have doubled, it’s just become harder to get the equipment we use and It’s more expensive.”

According to Feeding America, a network of more than 200 food banks nationwide, 42 million people in the US, including 13 million children, could face food insecurity in 2021.

To meet the demand, food banks across the country have been forced to adapt.

“It may work with brand replacements, working with our vendors to replace delivery times,” said Katherine Schick, a spokeswoman for Feedmore Western New York. “We are trying to do everything in our power to be as flexible as we can in order to maximize our cost savings.”

In Houston, Green is also encouraging volunteers to pitch as they did before the pandemic.

“Most of our labor is done by volunteers. This is true of the Houston Food Bank and the same is true of feeding America’s food banks in general. Now that the pandemic was a real blow to the volunteer pool, people are starting to come back. So we’re really trying to get people back because we have a lot of work to do,” Green said.

There is a resource for finding your local food bank. FeedingAmerica.org,