The rising cost of food is taking a toll on people and charities at home and abroad. In the United States skyrocketing food prices are have the greatest impact on the nation’s food banks. For example:
- In Pennsylvania “food pantries are reporting that demand has increased anywhere from 30 percent to 400 percent, and many are dangerously low on food supplies.”
- A Michigan food pantry that used to serve 1,500 families now assists 4,000 families.
- A food bank in Illinois that “usually has about 3 million pounds of food in stock . . . now has only about 1.5 million pounds due to the sharp increase in client demand.”
You can browse Charity Navigator’s ratings of over 130 local food banks to find a food bank near you to support with your donations of food or money.
Internationally, the sharp rise in food prices has sparked protests and riots all over the world, including