Feeding America – a network of food banks in every county in the country – says inflation and the nearly completed pandemic food-assistance programs will likely worsen the hunger crisis. They report 85% of food banks are seeing equal to higher demand for food assistance compared to the previous month. Rising inflation causes more people to need food assistance.

Costs to preserve donated food has risen, as well, further complicating the challenges. Emergency benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), totaling nearly $3 billion, are set to expire from the U.S. economy as well. Feeding America says impending food demand will be a staggering reflection of how severe hunger is in the U.S., particularly among ongoing supply chain challenges.

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