Even with the holiday season on, the North Texas Food Bank says food insecurity is high. The group is filling a need as some families struggle to keep up with inflation.
Businesses and families pulled into the North Texas Food Bank with truckloads of groceries on Thanksgiving Eve. It was a welcome sight
The need is greater than they’ve seen in years, even surpassing food insecurity at the height of the pandemic, says Erica Yeager, chief external affairs officer for North Texas Food Bank.
“I don’t think anyone anticipated the need,” she said. “Many of our neighbors are feeling the impact of inflation at a record level. They are the most vulnerable in our society. Therefore, they have to make difficult choices between putting food on the table or paying for increased living expenses.”
The numbers paint a much clearer picture. Before the pandemic, the North Texas Food Bank distributed an average of 7 million meals per month. At the height of the pandemic, about 10 million meals were being distributed per month. The Food Bank currently distributes approximately 12.4 million meals per month.
Now, more than ever, there is an understanding that hunger has different faces, Yeager said. During the height of the coronavirus outbreak, people found themselves in food distribution lines for the first time in their lives. She said this trend is likely to continue.
“It could be a co-worker. It could be a student in your child’s classroom,” Yeager said.
Even the budget has changed. Before the pandemic, the Food Bank set aside $5 million to buy food. This number has quadrupled.
“I think the most worrying thing is that we are having to buy more food than ever before,” she said. “So, we budgeted this year to spend $30 million on our shelves to serve those in need.”
It’s a testament to their commitment to making sure people have very basic human needs. For more information on how to donate or volunteer with the North Texas Food Bank, visit click here.