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San Diego Food Bank CEO says Biden executive order could bring relief to food insecurity

Jim Floros, President & CEO of San Diego Food Bank believes President Joe Biden’s executive order signed can be bring relief to food insecurity within the county.

SAN DIEGO — President Joe Biden signed two executive orders Friday aimed on the financial disaster introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The recovery plan calls to assist food insecurity, improve minimal wage and to entry reasonably priced childcare to elevate individuals above the poverty line.



The San Diego Food Bank addresses how this plan will impression the county. Jim Floros, President & CEO of San Diego Food Bank believes President Joe Biden’s executive order can be bring relief to food insecurity within the county.

“Pre-COVID, one in seven people in San Diego county turn food insecure, Covid hit that number more than doubled, so nearly one-million people turned food insecure,” stated Floros.

He says within the recovery plan to struggle hunger- this implies extra funds for the CalFresh Food Stamps Program: SNAP. “The 15% bump is probably about $100 more per family of four per month.”

“Our recovery plan also calls for an increase in the minimum wage at 15 — at least $15 an hour. Nobody in America should work 40 hours a week making below the poverty line. $15 gets people above the poverty line. We have so many millions of people working 40 hours a week, working, some with 2 jobs, and they’re still below the poverty line,” stated President Joe Biden, on Friday.

Floros says simply seeing how a lot food has been distributed by means of the pandemic you possibly can see the monetary want.

Just within the month of December 5.8-million kilos of food was distributed. “We’ve never distributed that much food, that’s 4.8 million meals,” stated Floros.

Floros additionally tells News 8, the pandemic has food banks laborious, with companies dropping out from monetary help, volunteerism and the neighborhood has been stepping up with packaging food for distribution and financial donations.

“There’s plenty of food, stay calm, we’ll weather the storm, the sad part is even when Covid goes away, we got a full-blown recession so we’re going to see an increase need for two or three years.”

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