Without help from Inflation Reduction Act food prices soar and food insecurity grows

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Without help from Inflation Reduction Act food prices soar and food insecurity grows

(Decatur, IL) – As children head back to school with grocery prices hitting the highest spike since 1979, families are facing increased food insecurity without help from the $700 billion Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

Despite raising taxes on the middle class by $20 billion without any meaningful measures to reduce inflation, the final version of the IRA signed by President Biden last week did not include any  provisions for funding for school meals or additional food assistance, amid record-high grocery prices.

“I’m hearing from families every day who feel that they have been left behind,” said Regan Deering, candidate for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. “We know that inflation disproportionately affects lower income families who were already living paycheck to paycheck. Costs of everyday items like eggs are nearly doubling from last summer, increasing the threat of food insecurity – especially for our children and seniors. Unlike my opponent who is publicly supporting this massive spending package that ignores these food inflation challenges, I will make implementing measures to reduce the cost of groceries for everyday Americans one of my top priorities in Congress.”

Advocates throughout the country, including the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) and the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)  have criticized the legislation for not addressing this crucial issue.