If you didn’t already have your concerns about food banks — considering that they can be stocked with shit you wouldn’t want to eat — here’s more unsettling news.
Unseasonably warm temperatures in the South wreaked havoc on this year’s peanut crop. So peanut butter — one of the few healthy staples of food banks — has become too expensive for many aid groups to stock, according to USA Today.
Prices of the protein-rich legume spread — said to be one the most requested item at food banks — have shot up 30 percent recently.
Costs might continue to rise: Much of the farmland that didn’t suffer weather damage has been converted to more profitable crops, the paper reports.
Relief groups nationwide are reeling from the increase, as they struggle to find inexpensive — and nutritious — ways to feed increasing numbers of hungry families.
And these organizations can’t rely on private citizens to do that: When it comes to giving to food banks, many Americans unload their pantry junk rather than donate healthy meals and ingredients.
The peanut problem is part of a broader trend, in which most foodstuffs have become exponentially more expensive in recent years.
Because of this, some charities expect that they might only be able to donate half as many meals and grocery packs as in 2010.