Food Bank of Wyoming sees drop in donations
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - With inflation at a high, more families are relying on food banks and pantries for help. At the same time, the Food Bank of Wyoming is seeing fewer donations coming through its doors.
Increased production costs, supply chain issues, and inflation rates are all contributors to the decrease in donations according to Bailey. The food bank is also seeing more people seeking help from local food banks as they try to manage the high costs of goods and services.
“This can really impact families, and a lot more of them are seeking food banks or food pantries in their communities to help stretch their budgets a little more, so we’re seeing an increased need across the state,” said FBW Executive Director Rachel Bailey.
The Food Bank of Wyoming has seen a 52% decrease in the food they receive from the USDA Commodities Program. The FBW is the distributor of the food from the program across the state. Because of the decrease in food received through the program, the food bank is seeing food pantries around Wyoming struggling to meet the needs of their communities.
The food bank is working with the state to try and find solutions to the decreased amount of food being received by food banks state-wide.
“We have received more food in August, July we had some bare USDA Commodities shelves, but the food bank is also trying to ensure that we have a variety of nutritious food that we can deliver out to our partners that they can access,” said Bailey.
Despite the decrease in donated food, the food bank is hopeful the low numbers will rise again soon.
“I’m sure that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel I think that this is what the reality is right now you know it seems that inflation rates are going down a little bit we’re seeing gas prices lower a little bit so that’s very encouraging,” said Bailey.
According to the food bank, the best ways to help support hunger-fighting efforts across the state are donating and volunteering.
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