(Natural News) Caught in the middle of inflation and the aftermath of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Americans are now turning to food banks to feed their families.
Vehicles were seen lining up to get food boxes at St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix since June, with more are arriving on foot. During the third week of June 2022 alone, its main distribution center gave out packages to 4,271 families. Jerry Brown, a spokesman for the food bank, noted that the figure was a 78 percent increase compared to the 2,396 families it served during the third week of June 2021.
According to Brown, more than 900 families line up at St. Mary’s every weekday to receive an emergency government food box with items such as canned beans, peanut butter and rice. St. Mary’s then tops this up with products purchased with cash donations and food provided by local supermarkets – amounting to about $75.
Tomasina John was among the hundreds of people who lined up outside the Arizona food bank, traveling with a neighbor to share fuel costs. She had never visited a food bank before as the earning from her husband’s construction work was enough for her and their four children. “It is really impossible to get by now without some help,” John lamented, mentioning the sudden increase of food prices.
Janitor Jesus Pascual, who also lined up outside, said he spends hundreds of dollars a month on groceries alone. “It’s a real struggle,” remarked the father of five children aged 11 to 19.
Author Michael Snyder of the Economic Collapse blog noted that the higher cost of living is quickly eating away at Americans’ standard of living.
“A single shopping cart full of food can now easily cost $250 or $300 at this point. As a result, more struggling families are turning to food banks for some assistance,” he wrote.
“The [United Nations] has already told us that we are heading into an ‘unprecedented’ global food crisis, but most people aren’t taking such warnings seriously. But perhaps when they are finally forced to get in the food lines themselves they will finally wake up.” (Related: A global food shortage “catastrophe” is unfolding, warns UN chief.)
Pests disrupt food production in Russia
However, there appears to be no end in sight for food predicaments. Prices will continue to soar as food supply becomes tighter and crops continue to fail due to insane weather patterns.
According to a BBC report, infrared satellite imagery designed to measure moisture levels and farmland health revealed a grim finding. It discovered that staple crops such as wheat are in poor condition and are declining among major exporters such as the U.S., India and Ukraine. On the other hand, China and Russia have seen bumper crops.
However, Russia is not yet out of the water – as pests pose a threat to its harvests. According to Strange Sounds, giant swarms of locusts have destroyed crops at the Primorsko-Akhtar region on the Black Sea. Locusts have also ravaged up to 80 percent of livestock feed in some regions of Yakutia in northeast Russia.
Local authorities in Primorsko-Akhtar warned that the locusts’ feeding area is expanding every hour due to the drought. Meanwhile, Russian media reports said the authorities had no idea how to get rid of the plague.
Farmers in Primorsko-Akhtar expressed serious concern about the locust invasion. Their counterparts in Yakutia, meanwhile, poured chemicals into their fields to protect anything left in a last-ditch measure.
Pavel Samsonov, chief agronomist with the agriculture department of Yakutia’s Nyurba district, confirmed that a state of emergency had been declared in several settlements. He added that more than 350 hectares of hay fields had been treated with pesticides to control the locust swarms.
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