Prices are at an all-time high, while the United States is dealing with a labor shortage and supply chain issues.
According to Katie Fitzgerald, chief operating officer of Feeding America, a nonprofit organization that coordinates the efforts of over 200 food banks across the country, the increase in food prices is a real challenge for meeting the needs of people struggling to put food on the table across the country.
Supply chain interruptions, lower inventory, and labor shortages have all contributed to increased expenses for organizations that provide sustenance to tens of millions of people in the United States.
They are ready for greater prices as well as longer wait periods for their goods as the holidays approach.
Many of the positive factors, such as increased job growth and higher pay, were overshadowed by the unfavorable mood.
While employment has recovered and household budget pressures have eased in recent months, the unemployment rate remains below pre-pandemic levels, and millions of individuals continue to report that their households did not receive enough food or are behind on rent payments. People can track the breadth of the country’s victory against adversity thanks to near-real-time figures from the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey and other sources.
According to Census Bureau data, key hardship indicators have seen significant improvement since December 2020, helped by job growth and government assistance. Hardship rates reduced especially quickly following the March 11, 2021, enactment of the American Rescue Plan, which included $1,400 payments for most Americans as well as other aid to struggling households. Food insecurity has also decreased among adults with children after the federal government began making monthly payments of the enhanced Child Tax Credit on July 15, along with advancements in food support. Despite this, around 20 million adults are at risk of food scarcity, 12 million adult tenants are in arrears, and some of the progress made since late March appears to have halted.