2. Various, customers wait in line outside of Second Harvest Food Bank
ANNOTATION: Food banks across America say inflation is intensifying demand for their support.
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerald Geiger, retired Springfield resident receiving social security benefits:
"If it wasn't for this food pantry, I would be in sad shape."
4. Various, Gerald Geiger puts groceries in the trunk of his car before leaving
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5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerald Geiger, retired Springfield resident receiving social security benefits:
"I've seen people before me work until they almost died, and I wanted to be able to retire and just have a little bit of enjoyment. So I retired at 67 and I was pretty nervous to do that cause when you're giving up your source of income, going down to a quarter of what you originally had, it can give you some sleepless nights."
6. Various, Gerald Geiger puts groceries in the trunk of his car before leaving
Chicago – 10 May 2022
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America:
"So, as food prices are higher, as more people are in need of our services, we're seeing decreases in some places that are really impacting us too, like decreased donations. A majority of our members are seeing a decrease in donations. Decrease in government supplied commodities, at a time when we need it the most, and decrease in retail and manufacturing donations too, so it's a perfect storm."
Springfield, Ohio – 29 April 2022
8. Various, people in line entering the food distribution line
ANNOTATION: Consumer prices jumped over 8% last month from 12 months earlier.
ANNOTATION: It was slightly below the surge in March, which was the highest since 1981.
ANNOTATION: These factors have pushed millions to seek help from food banks.
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9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Kelli Likens, former forklift driver now on disability:
"I've never used the food banks before, I didn't have to. I felt, you know, I'd leave it for people that needed it more, but now, I really, almost have to come. I mean it's changed very fast."
10. Various, Customer loading food into boxes on cart
11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Kelli Likens, former forklift driver now on disability:
"It helps me out tremendously because I don't work, I'm on disability, I don't have all the income anymore, and he can't support both of us. It helps in having whole meals."
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12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tyra Jackson, Executive Director Second Harvest Food Bank LLC:
"Each distribution, we try to provide three to five days' worth of food for each person that's in the household. Right now, we're one, two, two, sometimes three days less than what we're able to give people."
13. Various, people in line collecting food and speaking with workers
ANNOTATION: Providing help to those in need will become more difficult as government benefits, increased during the pandemic, end.
14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tyra Jackson, Executive Director Second Harvest Food Bank LLC:
"We haven't stopped doing anything because we know the need is so great, we can't let our neighbors down.
15. Wide, customers in line putting food in carts at Second Harvest Food Bank
Inflation slowed in April after seven months of relentless gains, a tentative sign that price increases may be peaking while still imposing a financial strain on American households.
Consumer prices jumped 8.3% last month from 12 months earlier, the Labor Department said Wednesday. That was below the 8.5% year-over-year surge in March, which was the highest rate since 1981.
On a month-to-month basis, prices rose 0.3% from March to April, a still-elevated rate but the smallest increase in eight months. Consumer prices had spiked 1.2% from February to March, mostly because of a sudden jump in gas prices triggered by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Nationally, the price of a gallon of regular gas has reached a record $4.40, according to AAA, though that figure isn't adjusted for inflation. The high price of oil is the main factor. A barrel of U.S. benchmark crude sold for around $100 a barrel Tuesday. Gas had fallen to about $4.10 a gallon in April, after reaching $4.32 in March.
Food banks across America say these economic conditions are pushing demand for their support higher, at a time when their labor and delivery costs are climbing and donations are decreasing. The problem has grown to the point that last week President Joe Biden called for a Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health in September, the first since 1969.
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