MARSHALL COUNTY, W. Va. (WTRF)-Hunger across the US is way up again. But food pantries are having a tough time meeting that need, as inflation continues to soar.

As Inflation hits a 40-year-high, food and gas prices have also gone up. That’s driven more people to turn to food pantries for help, but Stacie Dei with the Marshall County Family Resource Network says food pantries are struggling to keep up… more so than before. 

“During the Pandemic, we’ve had so many resources coming in, so many support systems, donors, even our food banks were loaded with food to give out to the community, and now, after the pandemic, those have all dried up.” 

STACIE DEI, DIRECTOR OF THE MARSHALL COUNTY FAMILY RESOURCE NETWORK

On top of running out of food services, Dei says food pantries are also hurting because donations are down. 

“All of those services have run out, and now we’re starting to adjust in real-time post-pandemic.” 

Stacie Dei, Director of the Marshall County Family Resource Network

Dei says the homeless communities they serve aren’t only hurting, so is everyone else. Dei’s talking about the local families, single parents, and now senior citizens they also serve. 

To feed everyone in need, Dei says local food pantries need all the help they can get. 

“I think the most impactful thing that people can do is when they feel like they want to support an organization is contact them and ask ‘What things do you need’, and making sure you’re tapping into what they need, what they need to get to families, and how they need to do it.” 

Stacie Dei, Director of the Marshall County Family Resource Network

Once more people donate, Dei says that’ll help the food pantries out, and more importantly, the people in need. 

If you’d like to donate or get help yourself, go to Family Resource Network | Marshall County FRN.