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Cardboard boxes are now ‘like gold’ to food banks struggling to keep up with demand

The cost of cardboard is the latest struggle London’s food bank is adding to its list of problems, with ever-increasing demand putting pressure on the supply of boxes used to store and distribute food.

It’s yet another example of the increasingly tight situation food banks across the country are finding themselves in as inflation and other factors drive up the cost of food, rent, and even cardboard, said London Food Bank co-director Glen Pearson.

“The usage of these boxes and the need for the boxes has doubled,” Pearson said of the past two years. “It just shows you how the food bank world is changing. We’re having to re-think all of this stuff.”

The London Food Bank has experienced a sharp increase in visits since the COVID-19 pandemic began, with more community agencies than ever before turning to the service to feed clients, and a record number of families and individuals being served as well.

Adding the cost of boxes to the equation has increased strain on the operation, said Jane Roy, Pearson’s counterpart as co-director of the food bank.

As it turns out, she says, boxes aren’t cheap when you’re buying thousands of them.

“We’ve spent about $5,000 so

Food News

Calvert County Farmers Markets Return with Local Food, Products – Southern Maryland News Net

Buying local is easy with an abundance of fresh food from Calvert County’s farmers, agri-businesses and watermen. Patrons can find local produce, meat, bedding plants (vegetables and herbs) and a bounty of other offerings.

The Calvert County Farmers Market Association is seeking vendors for its Prince Frederick, Dunkirk and Lusby markets.

These are “producers only” markets; all vegetables, fruits, herbs, tree nuts, meats, flowers, plants and other products sold at the market must be grown or produced by a local farmer or vendor. Applications can be submitted throughout the farmers market season.

For those interested in being a vendor at the markets, please visit www.CalvertAg.com/FarmersMarketVendor. For more information on Calvert County’s agricultural communities and other updates, visit www.CalvertAg.com or contact the Calvert County Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583 or [email protected].

Markets will be held on the following schedule:

  • Tuesdays in Prince Frederick at CalvertHealth Medical Center back parking lot
    (130 Hospital Road) 2:30-6:30 pm, April 30 to Nov. 26, 2024
    Farmers Market Association market
  • Thursdays in Dunkirk at the entrance of Dunkirk District Park
    (10750 Southern Maryland Blvd.) 3:30-6:30 pm, May 9 to Sept. 5, 2024
    Farmers Market Association market
  • Saturdays in Lusby at the Sneade’s Ace