Central Pennsylvania sees a huge jump in need for food assistance

  • Scott Lamar

A young woman volunteers to organize donations at a large food bank

A young woman volunteers to organize donations at a large food bank

Broadcast date: 25 July 2022

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The early days of the COVID-19 pandemic saw a significant increase in the number of people seeking food aid. With stimulus money from the federal government, going back to work and getting new jobs, demand has slowed.

However, just as many Americans left the epidemic behind, there were a large number of people unable to put food on the table and Central Food Bank of Pennsylvania Witnessing an increase in the number of clients. For example, in Lancaster County, more than 28,000 individuals received service in the first six months of 2022 compared to 18,000 in the same period last year – an increase of 56%.

during Monday Smart TalkJoe Arthur, executive director of the Central Food Bank of Pennsylvania, noted that rising food prices is a major factor in more people seeking help. Inflation also affected what the food bank could buy, but Arthur suggested using an emergency fund to stock their shelves.

Arthur also said that there is variation in rates of food insecurity among people of color. According to the Food Bank, Hispanics experience three times more food insecurity than whites.

Arthur encouraged those in need of assistance to contact the Central Food Bank of Pennsylvania.