Detroit food banks face perfect storm from inflation
More people in the Detroit area are relying on food banks as prices increase for necessities of all kinds.
Why it matters: It's causing a perfect storm of challenges for the 1.3 million Michiganders struggling with food insecurity.
- Less help from the government and increasing demand at food banks are adding to the burden, Food Bank Council of Michigan executive director Phillip Knight tells Axios.
State of play: The Food Bank Council saw need increase statewide each month for the last eight months, Knight says.
Zoom in: Mobile food pantries are serving thousands more each month. Gleaners Community Food Bank’s mobile pantries in southeast Michigan served 13,000 households in March.
- They served an average of 9,000 over the previous six months, Gleaners president and CEO Gerry Brisson tells Axios.
- "That is a remarkable increase month over month," Brisson says. "We’re paying really close attention to what happens in April."
- The co-op is part of a larger, Black-led community development complex called Detroit Food Commons, which aims to increase access to healthy foods with an incubator kitchen for culinary artists and food entrepreneurs, a cafe and other amenities.
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