More rely on food banks as cost of food rises

By on June 8, 2022 0

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (WFSB) — As inflation drives prices up, more people are relying on food banks to make ends meet.

Connecticut Foodshare serves approximately 500 food pantries and 100 mobile locations in the state.

Jane Moore said: “It seems like every week I basically buy the same things and the price goes up and it’s very scary.”

The amount people can buy on their own has decreased, which means more people are relying on Connecticut Foodshare’s services.

Connecticut Foodshare President and CEO Jason Jakubowski said, “The good news is that the numbers are not as high as they were during the height of the pandemic. The bad news is that they haven’t returned to where they were before the pandemic.

Jakubowski says the nonprofit is feeling the effects of inflation and it’s getting more and more expensive to buy food for the pantries they serve.

“For example, a trailer loaded with peanut butter could cost $35,000 a year ago. It’s costing us $42,000 now. We have seen the prices of some products increase by up to 40%,” Jakubowski said.

And during the summer months, Connecticut Foodshare sees an increase in needs as children come home from school and more volunteers go on vacation.

Rising gas prices are also making operations more difficult.

“Not only are we paying more for gas for our trucks that go out and deliver food and bring the food to the community. We also pay more for the food we order and buy because their shipping costs have gone up,” Jakubowski said.

While the current economic situation isn’t making it any easier, Jakubowski says they’ve already adapted to the tough times and will continue to work to help those who are food insecure.

“People are always generous. And we appreciate that because what we could have done with a dollar a year ago, we can’t do the same with a dollar right now. It’s just that the dollar doesn’t go that far,” Jakubowski said.