SEMO Food Bank and Consumers See Higher Food Costs
MINOR, Mo. (KFVS) – As the number of COVID-19 increases, so do the daily costs for the SEMO food bank and consumers in general.
âThe southeastern Missouri region continues to experience a higher need for food than before the pandemic began,â said Lisa Church, head of advancement for the SEMO food bank.
The SEMO Food Bank is seeing an increase in food and fuel prices, which has had an impact on the amount of food it has been able to obtain for the region.
âFreight prices have also gone up and we would typically pay between $ 1,000 and $ 1,800 for a load of food in a tractor-trailer, but we are now paying around $ 1,800 to $ 2,800. So we saw a 20% increase there as well, âChurch said.
Church said the cost of food for them has dropped from 15% to 25%.
Families who participate in the SNAP program also see an increase in the USDA going into effect on October 1.
âThe USDA has developed four different food plans that basically state how much it will cost each month to feed a family of four. The Thrifty Food Plan is the lowest cost of these four and is the basis for the SNAP benefits, âChurch said. “The USDA has not changed or adapted this purchasing power plan for 45 years.”
Church said those who participate in the SNAP program will have a few more advantages in purchasing healthy food, which will also allow them to improve their health.
âWhat this change means is that for someone who receives SNAP benefits, their benefits will be adjusted with an increase of about $ 35 per person per month,â Church said. “So that’s about a dollar a day that people can use to buy healthier food.”
For more information on the changes, you can find them here.
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