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Sun Sep 25, 2022, 09:06 AM

EBT emergency funds expiring during historic grocery inflation

I volunteer with friends at a county food bank program some Saturdays, and this came up yesterday.

During Covid, California EBT started issuing an extra $95 a month to families and individuals. This extra allotment is set to expire on October 1st, 2022. The state has been sending out letters to people saying their EBT will be bumped up starting Oct. 1st citing "cost of utility" increases. However . . . (can you see where this is about to go?)

They'll still be receiving less money for groceries every month. This will be about a 15% reduction (it varies depending on number of people in household).

Last month, the inflation rate for groceries hit 13.5% year over year, the highest since 1979.

Just wanted to throw this out there for those who think inflation is no big deal/fake/media conspiracy/"I don't see price increases at my store"/etc. that I hear all the time.

People barely making it are about to feel some shafting.

On the plus side, we recently successfully recruited a farmer's market we've been after for awhile to contribute to the boxes. So, wewt. In food deserts, people have trouble getting cheap produce, so those who use our program are getting more fruit and vegetables. At least it's something, because we expect demand to start going up even further.

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niyad Sep 25 #1
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uponit7771 Sep 25 #3
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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sun Sep 25, 2022, 09:16 AM

1. Thank you and all who volunteer at the food banks. I am seeing some

truly startling increases at the grocery stores, and increased need at the food banks (one is just across the street from my store, so I see both).

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sun Sep 25, 2022, 09:33 AM

2. Food inflation is real and hurting the working poor.


People who deny it or think it's no big deal are assholes.


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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Sun Sep 25, 2022, 11:13 AM

3. Inflation started under Trump when the ded reserves printed nearly 40% of US cash in circulation

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 25, 2022, 12:51 PM

4. How does that help food insecurity?

I'm talking a problem that exists now, today, and that people will require help.

Now. Today.

I could say, "It's Sunday," and it would be just as useful a statement.

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