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Families across the country have been experiencing the highest inflation in forty years. Those living in poverty or low income are the hardest hit, struggling to meet their basic needs and forcing them to choose between paying for food, housing, transportation, healthcare or clothing. With the double impact of the increase in need and the increase in the cost of food, Loaves & Fishes is also spending more on food to meet demand.
The Loaves & Fishes CARES team answers forty to fifty calls a day from people in our community needing emergency assistance. With the rising cost of housing and utilities, it is challenging for many people to keep their heat on and pay for rent. Loaves & Fishes emergency assistance keeps people housed, avoiding eviction.
As we continue to serve more than 8,000 people a week, the generous hearts of our community make that possible. Last year, we served more than 330,000 people; the year prior, we served about 200,000. As more and more families need help, we are thankful that more and more people have stepped up to help.
After being laid off, I was ashamed to seek financial help but absolutely needed it. Loaves & Fishes welcomed me into its food bank until I could get my family back on our feet. I am so grateful for the food and assistance that they provided me. Eight years later, I am committed to giving back to the organization that helped me so much during a troubled time of my life. – Jessie