The rate of food insecurity in Nantucket, Massachusetts – where President Biden celebrated Thanksgiving at a billionaire’s mansion – increased by more than 70% in 2020, according to a local health assessment.

Food insecurity across the state of Massachusetts is expected to increase by 81% this year, with the second highest percentage of children at risk of food insecurity, in 2020, according to the Community Health Needs Assessment Nantucket for fiscal 2021.

“Nantucket County has been identified as one of four counties that have seen their projected food insecurity rates increase by more than 70.0%,” the assessment said. “The Mind the Meal Gap 2020 report also indicates that 1: 4 food insecure children live in households that are not eligible for public assistance programs.”

Biden walks out of a store as he visits Nantucket, Mass., With his family on Friday, November 26, 2021. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

The report notes that a “large number of residents” on the island “do not have documented resident status.”

Nantucket’s unemployment rate, by comparison, is better than that of other Massachusetts counties at just 2.9%, and more than 3% of families in Nantucket have earned incomes below the federal poverty line in the past 12 months, according to the health assessment.

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Nantucket Current reporter Jason Graziadei highlighted the island’s efforts to feed those in need in a series of tweets on Thursday.

“At the corner of the agents of the secret services protecting the leader of the free world, a few steps from the continental press teams debating the optics of@POTUS staying in a billionaire’s house, the volunteers of the #Nantucket Food Pantry was quietly going about its job today, ”he wrote.

Graziadei continued, “Nantucket will be called ‘chic’ and ‘tony’ in national media this week, but over there at the Food Pantry the goal was simply to feed the island’s low-income residents and fight against growing food insecurity among the people of Nantucket – the working class. “

According to the US Census Bureau, 5.5% of the population of Nantucket County is in poverty. The county’s median income was $ 107,717 between 2015 and 2019, and its per capita income was $ 55,398 in 2019.

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Nantucket Food Pantry manager Yeshe Palmo told the reporter that volunteers handed out 130 turkeys and various side dishes on Thanksgiving.

The Community Foundation for Nantucket received a $ 1.85 million state grant in October to tackle food insecurity on the island, according to The Inquirer and Mirror.

President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden disembark from Air Force One in Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, November 23, 2021. REUTERS / Tasos Katopodis (Reuters)

The Bidens landed in Nantucket on Tuesday night and spent Thanksgiving at the precinct of David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group.

Expenses Thanksgiving in Nantucket is a Biden family tradition that stretches back decades, but was put on hold last year due to the pandemic. The White House told reporters earlier on Tuesday that the Bidens had previously stayed at Rubenstein’s home.

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Meanwhile, inflation has peaked in three decades and the average cost of this year’s classic Thanksgiving holiday jumped over 14% from last year’s average, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Thanksgiving dinner cost survey. This is largely because the cost of a turkey has increased by almost 24% over last year. The cost of chicken breasts, meanwhile, has jumped 26% in the past year, according to data from the Ministry of Labor.

The industry has largely blamed soaring prices on supply chain disruptions and high demand for food, especially meat.

Jessica Chasmar of Fox News contributed to this report.