Crystal Lake, Cary Food Pantries Seek Donations Amid Record Inflation

Long lines have been reported at food banks across the nation this year as near record-high inflation sparked steep increases in grocery costs. At ...

November 24, 2022
12:06 AM

Long lines have been reported at food banks across the nation this year as near record-high inflation sparked steep increases in grocery costs. At the same time, donations to food assistance programs are down, according to Feeding America. (Shutterstock)CRYSTAL LAKE AND CARY, IL — Food pantries in Crystal Lake and Cary, as well as across the Chicago area, have seen food flying off their shelves this year. The Northern Illinois Food Bank, which partners with more than 900 food pantries in soup kitchens and shelters across northern Illinois, has seen a nearly 50 percent increase in residents utilizing food pantries compared to pre-COVID times, said Maeven Sipes, chief philanthropy officer for the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Amie Schaenzer