Feeding America Network Faces Soaring Demand, Plummeting Supply Due to COVID-19 Crisis
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[April 8, 2020] - Nearly 100 percent of food banks in the Feeding America network are serving more neighbors in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet nearly 60 percent are facing reduced inventory levels amidst rising demand. This is according to a recent survey by Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief and food rescue organization.
All 200 food banks in the Feeding America network responded to a survey between March 31-April 1 to identify critical gaps in funds, food, volunteers and distribution. In addition to increased demand and declining donations, 95 percent of food banks reported higher operational expenses and 37 percent reported an immediate critical funding shortfall. These unprecedented strains are hurting food banks across the country.
Feeding America announced last week that an estimated $1.4 billion in additional resources will be needed over the next six months to sustain operations and continue to provide food for our neighbors struggling with hunger—a 30 percent increase to the baseline six-month operating costs of 200 member food banks nationwide.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis in March:
98 percent of food banks reported an increase in demand for food assistance
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April 8, 2020 3:00pm ET by Feeding America