The Wealth Transition Collective’s second annual food drive kicking off Monday in Holyoke

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The Wealth Transition Collective will host its second annual food drive starting Monday. The donations will benefit Margaret’s Pantry in Holyoke.

The drive will run from Nov. 15 to Nov. 20, collecting non-perishable and canned goods 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1632 Northampton St. in Holyoke.

The effort is part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week which runs from Nov. 13 to Nov. 21 this year. Meanwhile, a national food shortage is driving up grocery prices.

Last week, the United States Department of Labor announced inflation numbers, confirming that the consumer price index, which includes products ranging from rent to healthcare to groceries and gas, rose 6.2% from the last year — the largest increase since December of 1990.

Food prices specifically rose 5.3% in the last year and 0.9% in the last month, with meat, poultry, fish and eggs collectively rose 1.7% for the month and 11.9% year over year.

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