I’ll just be very honest with you. Things have been very insane already but they’re going to get even more crazy. Global supplies of food have already been high, but will get even tighter. If even the UN begins to use the word “biblical” to characterize the famine the world faces, this is a warning that the hour is very late.
Luckily, here in the United States, we are not faced with starvation in the near term, but “temporary shortages” of some products have already arisen and food prices are shooting dramatically higher.
Earlier today, my wife stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few items, and instead, one specific item that used to cost around $12 was now $20. But that’s about as low as food prices are going to get, thanks to the Federal Reserve. The Fed seems to be completely willing to ramp up inflation, and that will have some significant consequences in the times ahead.
Right now, before the next wave of trouble comes along, we have a window of opportunity and I would strongly encourage you to use this window of opportunity to buy lots of food and store it somewhere safe.
Some people tend to believe they’ll be perfect if they’ve saved food worth a couple of months.
Unfortunately, the truth of what we are facing is not that. The fact is that for an extended time you should have enough food to feed every single person in your household and many of you will need far more than that. And when things get very wild, many of the relatives, neighbors, and extended family members who have forgotten to plan will come knocking at your door to ask for assistance.
There are some people who would drive certain relatives, neighbors and extended members of the family away, but I couldn’t do that. Yeah, they’re liable for refusing to get ready, but I just couldn’t push them out into the street.
If you’re already trying to support those around you in need, this just makes your job even bigger. Ultimately, there’s a limit to what all of us can do and so we’re going to do everything we can with what we’ve got and leave the rest to Heaven.
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The tremendous demand we’re seeing right now at food banks around the nation gives us some hints on what we should expect as economic conditions get worse. Vehicles in Alameda County are lined up “as early as seven in the morning” only to get a bit of food from local food banks.
They start lining up as early as seven in the morning and this will run for six straight hours – said Altfest.
Hundreds of cars slowly snake their way through the parking lot across from the Acura dealership on Interstate 880. Folks from all walks of life driving everything from Toyota’s, BMW’s, to Mercedes, all coming to get food. Folks are grateful for the charity.
When I read that quote from a local CBS news report, it struck me that it sounded almost exactly like what Heidi Baker said when she saw people waiting in line to get food.
And I saw all these people, and they had beautiful cars, 4 by 4’s and Lexus, Mercedes, BMW’s, Toyotas. There they were with fancy shiny cars, but they were standing in line.
On the east coast we are seeing similar things happen.
In fact, there was a quarter-mile line at the break of dawn at a food bank in Queens on Saturday…
The line stretched a quarter mile before the sun was barely up Saturday, snaking around corners like bread lines in the 1930’s. But the hungry in Queens are today’s New Yorkers, left jobless by the corona virus.
Until the pandemic struck the city, La Jornada food pantry used to hand out groceries to roughly 1,000 families a week. Now, the figure tops 10,000. And volunteers serve lunch every day to 1,000 — many of them kids with growling stomachs. Across the five boroughs, the hungry number in the hundreds of thousands, the Food Bank of New York estimates.
I found it quite interesting that the New York Post is comparing what is happening now to the “bread lines in the 1930’s”.
This is the reality of what we are facing people. So many people are already in desperate need, and this “perfect storm” is just getting started.
In the Richmond, Virginia area things are even worse. According to one recent report, vehicles have been lining up at one food bank “as early as six hours” before it opens…
Every Friday, cars line up as early as six hours before the food bank on Iron Bridge Road opens the drive thru. At noon, the first 20 cars or so are allowed to park in the parking lot where they wait another three hours. Once 3 p.m. hits, the operation begins with a slew of volunteers working in the warehouse to fill grocery carts with fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meat, prepared foods, and non-perishable items.
Can you imagine yourself sitting six hours in your car waiting for a food bank to open?
This is how poor many people have already become in America.
And as I noted at the beginning of this post, the United Nations uses the word “biblical” to describe the famine and poverty that is coming across the globe. What follows is from CNBC.
Famines of “biblical proportions” are becoming a serious risk as the corona virus crisis threatens to double the number of people nearing starvation, a U.N. body has warned.
In projections released Tuesday, the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) predicted that the number of people facing “acute food insecurity” stood to rise to 265 million by the end of this year, up from 135 million in 2019.
I don’t know about you, but I find that warning to be quite sobering.
In a “worst-case scenario”, the UN projects that “about a tenth of the world’s population won’t have enough to eat this year”.
Initial United Nations forecasts show that in a worst-case scenario, about a tenth of the world’s population will not have enough to eat this year. The impact will go beyond just hunger as millions more are also likely to experience other forms of food insecurity, including not being able to afford healthy diets, which can lead to malnutrition and obesity.
Sadly, while we’ve seen so many insane things happen in 2020, most Americans still aren’t prepping.
And then, when things really start unraveling in a big way, most of them will very soon be low of food and supplies.
The other day Dr. Steve Greene interviewed me, and we discussed some of the reasons why the problems we’ve encountered so far are just the tip of the iceberg.
So much more is coming but that’s not what most people want to know.
Most Americans also want to believe that the future will be just perfect, and so they see almost no reason to plan for the coming tumultuous times.