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Food Banks Feeling Pinch

Higher prices are affecting all of us. But for some, inflation has meant hunger — and the food banks that serve as a safety net are feeling the pinch, too.

Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio is one such food bank feeling the result of higher prices. “Compared to last year at this time, we’re about 50% down in what we have received in the past in federal food donations and then about 20% down from food drives in our collection of food at the grocery stores,” Executive Director Tyra Jackson said.

Some of you may be reading this and thinking “I’m one gas price increase away from needing a little help myself.” But many others still have the means to help. It will be up to those folks to step in as this need shows no signs of easing any time soon.

Check in with local food pantries and find out what they need. One person is not going to be able to fill the whole need. But many of us doing a little might make the difference.


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