“It’s been a heck of two years, and we’re still in the thick of it as we start 2022.”

Allison O’Toole CEO of Second Harvest Heartland the state’s largest food bank says all signs are pointing to another challenging year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues:

“Food shelf visits continue to be 30-percent more than they were pre-pandemic. Our SNAP outreach line has an increase of about 54-percent, it continues.”

O’Toole says supply chain issues continue, causing consumer prices to go up.