Rising costs, supply chain making food insecurity even more apparent

Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 2:33 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana has felt the effects of supply chain issues, according to its executive director Martha Marak.

As the holiday season gets closer, KSLA’s annual Holiday Food Drive hopes to alleviate the pressure on the food bank. With the pandemic and now supply chain disruptions, more people are finding themselves in insecure food situations.

“When you take the lack of food that’s available, the increase in prices, plus, the transportation fees that have almost doubled in the last three years, it has really put a significant hurt on the work that we’re doing here at the food bank,” Marak said.

Since the start of the pandemic, the number of food-insecure households in Louisiana have increased by 44%, according to Center for Planning Excellence.

“People are often going without a meal, because they can’t afford it; and beyond that, you have to look at the food that is accessible. Is it nutritious?” Lauren Jones, Urban Farm director for Shreveport Green, said.

Shreveport Green has opened a community farm on Sprague street. Once they begin harvesting food there, it will be available to people in the community.

To find out how you can contribute to our food drive, click here.

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