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More people need help from Arizona food banks as prices rise

Food banks in the Phoenix area are seeing a sharp increase in demand this spring.

St. Mary’s, the state’s largest food bank, told KJZZ News they’re seeing a couple hundred more families a day coming to the food bank for help.

Inflation and higher costs for everything from milk to vegetables, on top of higher gas and rent prices, comes at the same time that pandemic assistance is expiring — and it's created something of a perfect storm in terms of need.

Gilbert Arvizu is community development and engagement director with Valley of the Sun United Way. The Show spoke with him to learn about what he's seeing in terms of demand.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.