Nonprofits see spike in people who need help as inflation continues to raise food prices

ATLANTA — Many local families are having a difficult time putting food on the table, thanks to inflation raising prices.

Nonprofits like Hosea Helps are stepping up their efforts to help families who don’t normally need this kind of help.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes was at the organization’s food bank this week, where it was handing out food to people who are now living check to check, and need the free food to survive.

“Food prices are going through the roof,” Hosea Helps’ Elisabeth Omilami said. “I’ve been going to my community, that’s the only help I’ve had so far.”

Omilami runs the food bank.


She said they’ve been helping single moms and seniors like they always do, but lately, they’re serving families who make decent money and never needed their help before.

“It shows that it can happen to anyone. It can happen to you and you’re making $80,000, $90,000 a year. It can still happen to you and so it levels the playing field when it comes to poverty issues,” Omilami said.

Fernandes saw dozens of cars lined up waiting to get the food.

On Easter Sunday, there will be more people at the food bank on Forrest Hills Drive for another food giveaway.

“We want people to come out and not be ashamed and not worry about who is going to see them there. This will be enough to feed your family for at least three weeks,” Omilami said.

The giveaway starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. But if you want to make sure you don’t leave empty-handed, you will need to get there early.