Needs at St. Mary’s Food Bank ‘skyrocket’ due to inflation

St. Mary’s Food Bank has seen inflation woes “skyrocket” the wants of Phoenix households. 

Approximately 150,000 households had been fed final month simply because the nonprofit faces a scarcity of volunteers, CEO and President Tom Kertis mentioned in an interview. This is 26,000 extra households than in July and 40,000 extra households than in August 2021, in accordance to St. Mary’s spokesman Jerry Brown.

Since August 2019 at St. Mary’s two fundamental distribution facilities, positioned in Phoenix and Surprise, there was a 60% enhance in households needing help, Brown mentioned. 

“The inflation is just hitting the families here on all sides,” affecting fuel costs, meals bills, medical prices and hire, Kertis mentioned. “We’ve seen the number of people coming to us for help really skyrocket.”

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