Food insecurity is on the rise according to experts with the Ozark Food Harvest

JOPLIN, Mo. – As we prepare for Thanksgiving, the Ozark Food Harvest and other local food banks are seeing an increase in families seeking assistance.

The network of faith-based and community partners served an average of 62,000 people each month,

Officials say this is nearly 12,000 more during the same period in 2020 and 2021.

“We see that as indicative that there are still issues with supply chain inflation and still increased prices for food are really driving families to need access to food pantries and the different partners that we work with across our southwest Missouri area,” Jordan Browning said with the Ozark Food Harvest.

According to the food bank, 21 percent of children in their service area face food insecurity, higher than Missouri’s average of 18.6 percent.

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