BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — It is Hunger Action Month and BRPROUD will be highlighting the local needs here all month long.

Families across the state have been greatly impacted by the ongoing high inflation which has sent more people back to the food bank lines.

“They’re not equipped to handle it. So what do they do? How do they put food on the table? They look to us for assistance,” said Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank President and CEO Mike Manning.

“It” is the steep price jump in simple food products and fuel prices.

“The impact of inflation has been significant on many people, too. The working poor people who are struggling to put food on the table in the first place are now having to figure out ways to get food,” Manning says.

Jayne Wright-Velez with Feeding America says what makes now different than in 2020 is less federal assistance plus the war in Ukraine.

“Things began to creep up like inflation and fuel costs. Everything started getting more difficult economically the lines are right back where they were,” she said.

“The key for us is we’re having to face so much more additional costs to be able to buy the same amount of food we’ve bought in the past,” Manning said.

The need has been greatly outpacing the supply.

“The packages of food are smaller, but the price is greater,” said Wright-Velez.

Now. food banks have started to get creative.

“We try to look at how we can do bulk purchases and maybe share purchases between food banks in the state, trying to work with them to acquire products, to maximize our joint opportunity,” Manning said.

With more people needing assistance, Manning said right now he needs a village.

“The big thing to do for us to be able to help the community is to rally our neighbors, you know, our community neighbors who are in a situation that they can help to get them to help their neighbors that are in need,” said Manning.

Support the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank here.