Food insecurity in Vermont reached all-time highs during the pandemic. Then came inflation

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Vermont food banks say they are seeing an increase in the number of people in need of services, driven in part by inflation and the high cost of living. This comes on the heels of the pandemic, when Vermont experienced record-high levels of food insecurity.

In Burlington, Feeding Chittenden says it is also seeing an influx in people using its services. At the height of the pandemic, the organization saw a 30% increase in demand.

“We're now seeing over 2,000 people a month just for our food shelf,” said Anna McMahon, Major Gifts and Communications Manager for the nonprofit. “I think because of just you know, inflation and everything being so expensive right now with housing and food and gas, we're seeing more and more people coming just just for groceries at the food shelf."