Inflation Hammers Food Bank, Double The Food At Twice Pre-COVID Prices

The Maryland Food Bank say it's having to pay twice as much for provision as it did before the pandemic and buy double the amount of food it did before COVID-19 hit the U.S.  in late 2019.
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: New Yorkers in need wait in a long line to receive free produce, dry goods, and meat at a Food Bank For New York City distribution event at Lincoln Center on July 29, 2020 in New York City. In addition to unemployment and homelessness, millions of Americans face food insecurity as a result of the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The food bank had relied on native foods, but that source dried up during the pandemic.
  • “Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve been buying more food than ever,” Maryland Food Bank spokesperson Joanna Warren told The Center Square.
  • In 2019, the food bank bought 12 million pounds of food at 45 cents per pound. For fiscal 2023, the facility is budgeting for double that amount.

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