BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Inflation has put a squeeze on everyday essentials, now, food banks are having to contend with higher prices and supply chain issues.
President of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank Mike Manning said this is draining their resources to be able to continue to provide food.
“It’s an ongoing battle that we strive to fight every day,” said Manning. “Donations are holding but to say that they’re matching the numbers is a bit of a challenge for us cause we’re still seeing eight percent of inflation this month, what are we going to face next month?”
While it’s costing the food bank more to combat food insecurity, Manning says the demand is also increasing.
“We’re also seeing so many more clients get in line or back in line, people who didn’t need us any longer who now because of these prices are being forced to get back in line to get assistance from us again,” said Manning.
To make matters worse, many states are ending the emergency benefits put in place during the pandemic. It’s anyone’s guess when inflation will slow down. The food bank, which relies heavily on donations, is now having to change how they do things in an attempt to break even.
“The snap benefits that people received aren’t going as far,” said Manning. “We’re trying to redesign our purchases, we’re also redesigning our routes to maximize them to get our highest fuel efficiency as possible.”
Manning says he can’t guarantee they’ll meet all the needs but is hoping the federal government will take some action.
“We are anticipating increased cost for the rest of the year just as a precaution and then we’ll have to figure out where we will go from there,” said Manning.
Those interested in helping the food bank by volunteering or donating food or money can visit here.