Climbing food prices stress pantries
Have you purchased a gallon of milk recently? In some places, it's over $3 a gallon. Food prices expected to increase are beginning to do so. And the rising price of food is impacting those most in need.
The annual Pack the Pantry food drive gets underway today, with the Children's Museum one of several locations where food is being collected to fill the pantries for families at the Ronald McDonald House.
But the higher cost of food is expected to impact how full their canisters will get.
You might remember when we told you back in August that the USDA predicted price increases at the grocery store as a result of the drought.
Most impacted are beef, pork, poultry and dairy, where the USDA expected a two-to-three percent increase in 2013. But already we are seeing the costs go up. A gallon of milk now costing almost as much, and sometimes more, than a gallon of gas.
This is the time of year food pantries are most in need. Gleaners is distributing 23-percent more food this year than last. And when food prices go up, so does the need.
"It will effect the need because people will be more dependent on food banks and food pantries," said Carrie Fulbright of Gleaners. "They will not be able to purchase it and, of course, we're hoping the community will still donate food for us."
The food drive which starts today and runs through Saturday will help 1,400 families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House each year.
40,000 Pounds of Giving Food Drive
Saturday, December 8, 10 am-2 pm
1527 N State Street