Donations of food and personal care products are down significantly this year. We don’t track personal care donations but this chart of food donations tells a story.
Donations took a hit in 2020 when Covid hit but we still received quite a bit. Donations took a bigger hit in 2021 when we had a fire in May and lacked the capacity to store food. Halfway through 2022, donations are still significantly down, presumably because of inflation and possibly compassion fatigue post covid.
The bottom of the chart shows households served through our DMARC pantry (where clients can shop once per calendar month) and anytime room (where clients can select 10 canned goods and limited fresh items as available, as often as needed). If the second half of the year is the same as the first half, we would see client numbers more similar to 2018 but if donations also keep their current pace, they would be significantly less.