A Rising Need
March 29, 2022
Things are costing more just about everywhere we go -- whether it’s housing, gas, utilities, or food. The surging cost of food is especially difficult for Marin families and exacerbates the wealth and income disparities between the richest and poorest here in our backyard.
Food prices in February increased by 8.6% from a year earlier, the fastest pace of food inflation since October 2008. Pandemic-related supply chain disruptions, including labor shortages and transportation bottlenecks, seem to be the largest driver with staples like eggs and poultry up a staggering 12.5% and produce around 5%.
This spike directly results in increased food insecurity. In early January, 42 million Americans said they lacked sufficient food because they couldn’t afford to buy enough -- nearly twice as many as last year when low-income families were able to rely on pandemic stimulus support. Additionally, the BIPOC community (Black 17%, Hispanic 15%) are more likely than their white (6%) peers to be food insecure.
In Marin County, families should not struggle to find nutritious food because of cost. Yet need will continue to rise as the cost of food becomes less affordable.
ExtraFood and our partners are working to address these needs. Thanks to our staff, dedicated volunteers, and community, we continue to rescue food that would otherwise be wasted and ensure that it is placed in the hands of those who need it most. In the last 12 months, ExtraFood has recruited 24 new food donors and recovered and delivered over 994,000 pounds of food – the equivalent of 828,000 meals. Low-income households typically spend approximately 40% of their budget on food. Ensuring access to free, nutritious meals and food staples helps make our community stronger. A rising tide lifts all boats.
As food prices continue to rise, ExtraFood’s mission only becomes more important – and we couldn’t do it without your help.
Thank you for your continued support.