Food banks strained by growing needs and rising costs | Economy


Niki Sampson, executive director of the Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank in southern Oregon, has seen 250 more households come in for food assistance since May.

“Nearly 85% have never had to use a food bank program,” Sampson said, noting the rise in the number of seniors and residents with disabilities requiring assistance. “Since January it’s been inflation, inflation, inflation.”

People arrive for a food bank distribution by the Utah Food Bank Friday, May 13, 2022 in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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