“I didn’t expect to need it. It was very helpful, but it’s still really useful.”
Even as things slowly improve, James finds himself in trouble. Her two grandchildren and two nieces are living together, preventing them from going straight to school for fear of the pandemic. That is, she cannot return to work.
“They really eat that,” she said with a laugh, adding that broccoli and fresh green beans were the house favorites. “They’re moving and making noise.”
Other food banks across the country have reported similar trends. It will gradually decrease from around April this year, but it is still much higher than the pre-pandemic figure. Food Bank co-CEO Kim Dildin said Fresno’s Central California Food Bank has been “flat” in recent months, but up 25% compared to 2019.
“Many people, especially women who take care of the house, haven’t worked yet,” she said.
At Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, DC, the amount of food delivered in July 2021 was 64% higher than in the same month of 2019.
“Covid never ends,” said Lada Mutia, president of the food bank. “We are still looking at the current needs.”
How long the needs will continue to grow is controversial, and the most conservative estimates predict it will continue until next summer. Some predict that a country’s food bank may never return to normal.
Although fewer people use food banks in the United States, millions still need them. National News
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