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FOOD SHELF

Second Harvest Heartland reports food shelf visits so far this year are 45% higher than the same period in 2019 and 2021.
The Wabasha Area Food Share is now serving almost 150 households a month, triple the demand from just one year ago. Community members are donating their time and homegrown produce toward the cause.
Channel One has seen 45% increase in shoppers, even as deliveries of government commodities have declined
From May to October 2021, the project made 8,250 meals, almost 11,700 servings of food. Wooden Spoon owner and project head Natasha Frost said they’re most likely to exceed those numbers this year.

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Providers say it’s the result of a sinister combination of factors leading working parents and seniors to venture to food shelves for the first time: the rising price of everything — including food — combined with the expiration of a host of COVID-inspired government subsidies, from stimulus checks to tax credits.
This mismatch in food supply and demand is caused by a host of global economic pressures colliding at once: inflation and gas prices are high, so more people are using food shelves to make ends meet. Supply chain issues mean there are fewer donations from food manufacturers.

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