Inflation increases pressure on pantries

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CHICAGO — As inflation has risen, so have families’ needs for help from the community.

The spokesperson for the Greater Chicago Food Depository told WGN that pressure from inflation has caused more families to seek help from community organizations, like food pantries.

“There is definitely an increased need,” Man-Yee Lee said. “Inflation and rising food prices are having a negative impact on the people we serve. People and families struggle to put food on the table.

GCFD distributes food to a network of more than 700 pantries, shelters and soup kitchens, but the high costs of inflation are affecting them too.

“We’re spending twice what we paid two years ago,” Lee said. “We’re adapting our strategies as much as we can.”

Some economists think costs are starting to come down, but it’s unclear when consumers will start to feel real relief.

This confusion, coupled with declining volunteer numbers and donations to GCFD during the COVID-19 pandemic, has led to pantries needing all the help they can get.

“We need volunteers [and] donations to buy more food,” Lee said.

If you or someone you know is struggling with food insecurity, or would like to volunteer or donate to GCFD, more information can be found on their website.

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