Thursday, August 25, 2022
With a record-setting hot summer across North Texas, the cost of cooling homes and running appliances is skyrocketing. This combined with the increasing inflation on everyday items like gas and food is putting stress on those most in need in our community as well as the non-profit organizations that serve them, like the North Texas Food Bank, a Junior League of Dallas community partner.
According to the North Texas Food Bank, “living expenses have climbed so high that neighbors in our community must choose between paying bills and buying healthy food. One financial crisis can lead to hunger.”
NBCDFW recently noted that with inflation at a 40-year high and gas prices continuing to increase, those most in need in our community are struggling to put food on the table. This coincides with a time when food bank budgets simply don’t go as far as they did pre-inflation. As inflation drives new demand, food banks are feeling increased pressure as new needs compound the already higher demand resulting from the pandemic.
Unfortunately, the pressure continues to mount. The federal government slowed their pandemic relief funding at food banks in the faulty hopes that growing jobs would lessen demand at food banks. But the opposite has proven true. Even with jobs, people still struggle to put food on the table.
“The Junior League of Dallas provides 31 volunteers and $20,000 to the North Texas Food Bank, said North Texas Food Bank Project Chair Tameka Sadler. “Through our grant and volunteer hours, we support meal distributions to mobile and school pantries, food banks, and other North Texas Food Bank programs which help in closing the hunger gap in North Texas.”
It is more important than ever for the Junior League of Dallas and local community members to continue to support the efforts of the North Texas Food Bank and other local organizations that can use donations to provide more meals to those in need.
Junior League of Dallas is proud to support North Texas Food Bank as they serve the Dallas community. Learn more about our 2022 – 2023 Community Program.
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