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Los Angeles Food Bank Sees Double Crowd As Poverty Increases

Amidst the rise in Poverty, the food banks struggle to meet the rising needs of the people. 

September 14, 2023

As per the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate increased from 7.8% to 12.4% due to the programs in the pandemic era helping people with food, rent, and unemployment. Now, Los Angeles food bank are witnessing huge demands these days. 

The food pantry coordinator said that the organization had 150-180 food boxes per week but this number increased following the end of food stamp benefits. All such people are rushing towards the Los Angeles food bank to fulfill their basic needs.

Before the pandemic, the clients of food banks were mostly Chinese, Filipino, and Korean. But now the clients are mostly unhoused people, Blacks, Latinos, and Caucasians. The people line up in advance to get the food from the food banks. 

Food bank tries to accommodate everyone even if it runs out of fresh produce as it’s very hard for the food bank to turn people away. Food insecurity has become a concern and needs to be dealt with.

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Ta Amy. “LA food bank sees double the clients as US poverty rate rises”. KCRW, September 12, 2023, 

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Last Updated: September 20, 2021