(FOX) Food banks in America experience surging demand: ‘No sign of it slowing down any time soon’

High gas prices plus supply-chain shortages and long-term pandemic effects are impacting food banks nationwide

The pandemic highlighted an issue that has been problem for many Americans long before COVID-19 — hunger, according to a recent report by Feeding America.

“Hunger is the physical sensation of not having enough food,” said Cassidie Carmen Bates, government and public affairs manager of Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano in California.

Bates told Fox News Digital on Friday that food insecurity means a lack of access to four essential ingredients: 1) affordable food; 2) nutritious food; 3) accessible food ; and 4) sufficient food.

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