‘It’s incredibly challenging’: Inflation straining Greater Boston Food Bank’s resources for 2023

Boston – The Greater Boston Food Bank is heading into the New Year with strained resources as a result of inflation.

The largest food bank in Massachusetts is facing the same challenges that food banks across the country are dealing with: soaring food prices and a decline in donations.

The monetary donations that are coming in are going less far with no end in sight to the increasing food prices.

That’s on top of an increase in demand.

According to a survey from the Greater Boston Food Bank earlier this year, at least 1.8 million people in Massachusetts – or 32 percent of the state’s adult population - are food insecure.

“It’s incredibly challenging. The dollar is definitely not going as far as it did,” said Aprylle Wallace with the Greater Boston Food Bank. “We’re buying more food for more people, and it costs more for that food.”

With less food donated by the public, the Greater Boston Food Bank is currently purchasing about 70 percent of the food it distributes.

“It goes out pretty quickly, and the need is greater and greater every day,” said Wallace.

If you’d like to make a donation to the Greater Boston Food Bank visit The Greater Boston Food Bank (gbfb.org)

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