Food prices are still sky-high. How are communities and community services coping?

Inflation is the highest it’s been in 18 years — both highlighting inequities and making them harder to address systemically.

Why It Matters

Food affordability has been a crisis on a steep incline since the start of the pandemic. Now, it’s getting even worse with inflation. While food banks, community kitchens, and other similar services have been in emergency mode, trying to survive, they’re pushing for deeper policy change that will get to the root of these issues.

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When flooding, mudslides, and washouts forced road closures on the Alaska highway in Yukon during 2012, roads were shallow rivers filled with branches and debris. Without a route for food to be transported into many of the communities, supply shortages in grocery stores were ample. Some stores even arranged for supplies to be flown into their communities. 

Derrick Hastings, a farm manager at the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Farm (TH Farm) in Dawson City, Yukon, remembers when this situation unfolded — and the food scarcity that ensued during this time. Yet initially, Hastings says he wasn’t heavily impacted by this si

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