New York to Face Concerning Food Shortages

Toni Koraza

Despite the loosening of rules relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, the outbreak is still ongoing, and the nation is still feeling the consequences of the pandemic's peak.

In other international news, Ukraine and Russia have been at war since February 2022. The combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian-Ukrainian war has led the U.S. to feel consequences relating to food. This is especially true for larger states with high populations like New York.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, the war and the pandemic generate shortages in specific foods and states. New York is not exempt from food shortages.

The Food Insecurity in New York

According to Hunger Solutions New York, household food insecurity decreased in 2018, falling from 11.8 percent to 11.1 percent nationwide.

More than 40 million Americans still live in households where food insecurity is a problem. Food insecurity affects a little over one in ten New York homes (10.5 percent), down from 10.9 percent in the previous study. Food insecurity is more common in families with children across the country and in New York State.

Food prices have skyrocketed in the past few years

Due to inflation, national food costs have continuously risen for the past five years. As a result of the commencement of the COVID-19 outbreak, national food costs have risen even more.

The cost of essential food items required to prepare meals has risen for the last three years, or since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.

These items' costs have jumped at different rates within the last year, including in New York. For example, flour and prepared flour mixes have risen at a 14.2% rate just this past year.

To make matters worse, the conflict in Ukraine has caused food costs to rise even more rapidly, especially in recent months. The consumer price index (CPI), which tracks the cost of various products, increased by 1.2 percent in March after rising by 0.8 percent in February. The expenditure on food is one of the key factors of rising inflation.

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