Amid record price increases, Americans no longer have enough money to feed themselves and their families. Residents of the United States have to ask for help from charitable organizations, according to AP.
„The rapid rise in fuel and food prices has forced many US residents to seek food from philanthropists – and long queues are again lining up in front of food banks across America,” the publication says (translated by InoTV ).
A similar situation was observed during the coronavirus pandemic. However, this time, the organizations are worried that they will not be able to meet the increased demand, since the social support programs that operated in the midst of COVID have been canceled.
“Many of the people who come to us work, and they coped quite well with the situation during the pandemic – some even had their salaries grown. Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
According to the publication, many Americans are forced to come for free food on foot, because they can not afford the extra spending on gasoline. Demand for the services of food banks is growing, but food and money for such organizations is becoming less and less, including due to reduced funding from the state and private investors.
“Many of those who queue in front of food banks admit that they have never applied for help before, but in the current conditions they are simply not able to feed their families,” the AP correspondent told.
According to the US Department of Labor, consumer prices in the country increased by 9.1% in June compared to June 2021. Thus, annual inflation reached its maximum since November 1981.
At the same time, prices for food products rose by 1% last month, and for energy products – by 10.4%. Over the year, food prices have risen by 10.4%, energy resources – by 60.6%.