Food banks manage rising food costs and influx of families

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Soaring inflation is not just a challenge for families, but local food banks are serving those families.

Food donations to Feed More in Richmond are down, but demand is steadily increasing.

The organization’s pantries are seeing a 20% increase in the number of families seeking relief. “They have to make a choice between food, paying rent, utilities, etc.,” said Rick Gliot, COO of Feed More.

The consumer price index jumped 8.3% in April compared to the same period last year.

Gliot also faces an 18% increase in food costs and a decrease in food donations.

“[Donations] have returned to pre-pandemic levels and have actually declined a bit below pre-pandemic levels, which puts a little more pressure on us to go for food,” Gliot said.

“Families are trying to make ends meet like never before,” said Kim Hill, executive director of the Chesterfield Food Bank Outreach Center. Hill said there had been a 20% increase in families seeking relief.

Their greatest need is for cans and cans.

We work closely with Feed More. Feed More and the Chesterfield Outreach Center are working together vigorously to try to understand the needs of the community,” Hill said.

Chesterfield Food Bank is one of approximately 300 food banks provided by Feed More that feeds nearly 220,000 families across central Virginia.

Local food banks can now keep themselves afloat through monetary donations. Gliot said one dollar could buy four meals for families in need.

The community is encouraged to donate.

A list of food banks across the NBC12 viewing area can be found here.

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