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Food banks struggle to keep up with demand as Congress passes an $858 billion military spending bill

On this edition of Your Call, we find out how food banks are handling increased demand. More than 53 million people turned to food banks last year, one-third more than before the pandemic, according to Feeding America.

With inflation rates causing food prices to skyrocket over 10 percent in the last year and over 60 percent of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, what are food banks and other charities doing to provide more support for their communities?

As people struggle to put food on the table, Congress just passed an $858 billion military budget and Republicans derailed the Child Tax Credit expansion.


Craig Hotti, board vice president of Alameda County Food Bank

Ronnell Hunt, community education specialist at Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Tanis Crosby, executive director ofSan Francisco-Marin Food Bank

Ashik Siddique, research analyst for the National Priorities Project, working on the federal budget and military spending

Web Resources:

CBS News: Military families increasingly relying on food banks

USA Today: Food banks are struggling this holiday season as inflation creates 'perfect storm'

NPR: Many Americans struggle to get food. Inflation is making it worse

The New York Times: More Americans Are Going Hungry, and It Costs More to Feed Them

Common Dreams: Congress Just Passed $858 Billion Military Budget, But GOP Is Blocking $12 Billion to Fight Child Poverty

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.
Bee Soll is a producer with Your Call at KALW, and a producer, writer, and editor at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. She is a former reporter for Crosscurrents and contributor at KPFA Radio.