Houston food bank faces rising food prices as the holidays approach
HOUSTON – With the holidays quickly approaching, the Houston Food Bank said it was feeling the impact of rising food prices.
“We try not to buy a lot, but it puts pressure on what to buy and it impacts donations,” said Brian Greene, president. “For us, the biggest impact we’re seeing is that it’s much more difficult for us to get fresh produce. “
He said there were also issues with the meat.
“Because of the higher prices, there is less demand for the meat, so the grocers don’t sell as much, so they don’t order as much, and that generates less surplus for us,” Greene said.
But there are bright spots.
“Right now we’re getting a lot of milk,” Greene said. “There’s an oversupply of milk and it’s good for us, and so we’re losing in one way, and we’re trying to win in another,” Greene said.
While those in need turn to the organization for help, the food bank has its own needs, including volunteers.
“That’s the engine that makes this work for the food bank, is that we do everything with volunteers as much as possible,” said Greene.
He said the food bank needed to reduce the number of people who could volunteer when COVID-19 hit. While these numbers have since increased, more is still needed.
Regarding food prices, Greene said the increase is just something the food bank will have to overcome and he expects the situation to improve over time.
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