Mid-south food bank feels the tightness of rising inflation – FOX13 News Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee – We are all feeling the effects of inflation.

Between the rising cost of fuel, food, and transportation, the cost of living has become more and more expensive.

The Mid-South Food Bank is also feeling cramped.

Not only is the food they buy more expensive, but getting it to their warehouse is also a challenge.

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The CEO said they are also dealing with supply chain issues and the lack of trucks showing up.

“It definitely affects the food bank,” said Cathy Pope, CEO and president of the food bank.

Inflation affects not only families, but also the organizations that work to ensure that they do not go hungry.

“Prices, on average, on the items we buy are up about 30 percent, and transportation costs are up 35 percent,” Bob said.

Pope said higher prices and supply chain issues mean that the food bank has to be more strategic in where and when to buy their food and that it relies more on donations.

“It’s not really about that we can sit and do nothing. We can’t just not order food because we need the food to come to the door.”

Additionally, Bob said more families need help.

“I had one agency. We had a conversation last week, and he’s seeing a 50 percent increase in families coming in. Not a lot of individuals, but the whole family.”

While leaders and volunteers work to keep up with demand, residents like Alex Boone are doing what they can to save money and feed their families.

“Especially paying for fuel and everything that is lifted like groceries and everything that goes up. So, it’s just emptying my pocket,” said Alex Boone of Memphis.

The CEO of the Food Bank said they’ve been seeing more donations than usual lately and they’re counting on the generous Mid-South community that always comes forward in times of need.

But they could still use more help.

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