Foodlink: Surging prices, supply chain disruptions impacting operations, but not as dire as national trend
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— As food banks across the United States continue to struggle with fulfilling increased needs from families during the pandemic, they’re now facing even greater challenges with surging prices and supply chain disruptions.
Following a report from the Associated Press that spoke to Feeding America, News10NBC reached out to Foodlink in Rochester to see how it is handling the situation. The organization told us the situation isn’t as dire due to varying levels of support, but rising prices and shipping issues have certainly had an impact on its operations.
Feeding America’s Chief Operating Officer reported many food banks are concerned about meeting the demands this coming holiday season and cautioned food banks won’t be able to absorb soaring food costs forever.
Foodlink said both its food bank and community kitchen are dealing with the difficulties. Recently, some employees launched a union called "Foodlink United" with the goal of supporting workers through the current issues.
The organization did not voluntarily recognize the union but said it respects the effort and stood by the benefits it offers. Despite the response, workers still encouraged support for Foodlink, and its efforts.
More information on Foodlink can be found here.