San Francisco-Marino food bank seeks donations despite rising costs due to pandemic

The operations of the New Jersey Community FoodBank include maintaining shelves stocked with donated goods and products gleaned from food distributors and producers on January 20, 2016, in Hillside, New Jersey. (Lance Cheung / USDA via Bay City News)

Officials at the San Francisco-Marino food bank said on Monday their organization is urgently seeking funds as it continues to face challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Labor shortage issues, rising transportation costs and food prices, and food shortage have intensified over the past year, hampering the organization’s ability to deliver products. groceries to those in need, food bank officials said.

Faced with higher spending, the food bank hopes to raise 60 percent of its annual budget by the end of the year.

“We need to increase 60% of our annual budget in the last few days of the year to meet the financial goals required to meet the needs of our community,” said Tanis Crosby, executive director of the San Francisco-Marin food bank. , in a press release.

“We are struggling to keep up with rising food prices due to supply chain issues, but all of this is straining our financial resources, making year-end donations more critical, and With the Omicron variant soaring, we are deeply concerned that the need for food aid will continue to grow through a significant part of 2022. We call on all members of the community to come together and give everything they can and join us in ending hunger, ”she said.

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Currently, the food bank currently distributes approximately one million meals to over 50,000 households. Before this pandemic, the organization served much less to 32,000 households per week.

Food bank beneficiaries are enrolled through the state’s CalFresh program, the organization providing home deliveries of groceries, including fresh fruits and vegetables, officials from the organization said.

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