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US News & World Report: Prof. Lombe Shares Reality of Decreased Pandemic-era Benefits and Increased Food Prices

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

As pandemic-era benefits come to a close, families experiencing food insecurity are increasing at a rapid rate. Prof. Margaret Lombe, associate professor at BU School of Social Work (BUSSW) and faculty affiliate at the Center for Innovation in Social Work & Public Health (CISWH), shares her expertise with US News and World Report, suggesting local resources to help families during this stressful time. 

Lombe tells US News & World Report that “food insecurity has increased considerably among the working poor, families with children, older adults, rural communities and communities of color.” 

Food costs are expected to continue to rise, but it is important for families to know they don’t have to endure this uncertain road alone. 

Excerpt from “How Much Should I Spend on Groceries?” by Geoff Williams, originally published in U.S. News & World Report: 

“Lombe suggests some of the same avenues that Zydonik does and adds Meals on Wheels being an option for senior citizens, local churches and USDA’s Hunger Hotline (1-866-3-HUNGRY) for information on community-based emergency food providers and other resources.

‘The road ahead appears uncertain for many Americans. It is highly unlikely that we will see a break in the rising food costs in the near future,’ Lombe says.”

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