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Volunteers Joe O'Connor, left, and Eric Leuck prepare boxes that will be filled with food at the Northern Illinois Food Bank and delivered by DoorDash drivers for area residents who are homebound Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, in Park City, Ill. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

In 2021, U.S. Food Banks are serving about 55% more people than they did in 2020 before the pandemic, according to Feeding America. The increased demand is straining many food banks, a problem that is worsening as supply chain disruptions, diminished inventories and labor shortages magnify food costs.

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(WTTW News)

One of the many devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past several months has been a dramatic increase in food insecurity.