The need for food assistance in Clark and Champaign counties is increasing

With inflation, the lack of resources for people having diminished, and some of the benefits no longer available, the food bank is now seeing more families, seniors, seniors caring for grandchildren, larger families, as well like people who don’t need helper before.

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Inflation has “absolutely” hit the nonprofit as they are having a harder time getting and keeping items in stock also due to supply chain issues, Jackson said. Normally they have at least three months of food available, but now they have less than a month.

“When you go to the supermarket, you see those increases and we feel the same. We can’t make a dollar stretch like we did. For every dollar we receive, we used to be able to provide six meals. Now every dollar provides four meals,” she said. “The cost of the things that people need, what they expect to get from us, has gone up a lot.”

To help, the SHFB will be hosting their last fundraiser of the year next week. The annual Thanks for Giving Dessert Auction will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, November 22, at Mother Stewart’s Brewing, 102 W. Columbia St.

This is the first time the food bank has held this event since 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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“We are excited to be able to celebrate it again, as we haven’t been able to celebrate it for the last two years,” said Tyra Jackson, SHFB Executive Director. “It’s always a fun event to go out and have a good time and raise money for our cause.”

The event is a live auction with a variety of desserts for people to bid on, including cookies, pies, pies, brownies, and family recipes. Nearly 30 to 35 community members and businesses donated a dessert for the auction, and Mother Stewart’s will also donate $1 for each beer sale to the food bank.

“It’s a time where people can learn about what the food bank does and help give back in a small way,” Jackson said. “And it’s the perfect timing because it’s two days before Thanksgiving.”

The food bank hopes to raise $15,000 this year, which is close to the amount they raised in 2019. The funds will be used to help the food bank and pay for some of the holiday meals they give out to the community.

If you are interested in donating a dessert, please call the food bank at (937) 325-8715. For more information, visit the SHFB Facebook or event page.

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