Inflation having big impact on Great Pittsburgh Community Food Bank ahead of Thanksgiving

The shelves are stocked with it. Turkeys and all the fix-ins for a big day and it’s not just at the grocery stores.

“We always try to stretch our dollars as far as we can. If we find we are spending more in one area we will go out to find a deal in another area,” said Jane Olszewski with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

There is a lot of deal searching this year. The food bank is paying upwards of 60% more for frozen turkeys and it doesn’t stop there.

“This year we are facing a lot more challenges with inflation and rising grocery prices, so we are seeing things we got for thanksgiving like instant mashed potatoes and stuffing those are up 25% from what we paid last year,” Olszewski said.

While inflation is hitting the purchase prices it’s also driving more people to the food bank. In the last year, there was a 33% increase in total food distributed and 82% more people calling for help.

“There’s a lot more to do we are just having to get more food out the door and we always need more people to do that,” Olszewski said.

There aren’t enough people at the moment. The food bank is pulling staff from multiple departments to get it all done.

“Right now, we are about 120 volunteers short a week and that’s across the board here at the market and at our distributions. We are really looking for people who can give their time,” Olszewski said.

If you are in need this Thanksgiving, it’s not too late to get help or if you want to help you can still sign up to volunteer. You can visit this website to sign up https://pittsburghfoodbank.org/.

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