PALISADE, Colo. (KREX) — The official start of summer is overshadowed by a force impacting every American, and those impacts have even traveled to the local food bank. Lindsay Powers with the Food Bank of the Rockies says, “We’re seeing not only steady numbers, but we’re starting to see upticks as things get more expensive.”
The cost of fuel is driving up the price of essential needs like shelter, energy, and food. food prices saw the biggest jump since 19-81. Milk is up almost 16 percent (15.9%), chicken costs 17 percent more (17.4%), and eggs soared more than 30 percent (32.2%). “We are spending over $1.3 million on food where we used to have about a third of our product donated,” said Powers. “We’re having to purchase much, much more which obviously drives our costs up.”
Soaring inflation including pain at the pump isn’t preventing the Food Bank of the Rockies from getting from point A to point B and delivering food to people in need, but they need your help. “Things like spices are often not considered when people are looking at food donations, but they’re things that folks need, said Powers.
If you want to help a good neighbor in need you can also donate your time as a volunteer, or money because the Food Bank of the Rockies can stretch every dollar you donate into $10. Powers says, “Our partners continue to get produce at $0 charges which is absolutely fantastic. So, they have fresh product coming in on a regular basis.”
The national average for a gallon of gas is about $5, and analysts say it could go as high as $6. But, the Food Bank of the Rockies will continue to feed people facing food insecurity as long as mother nature cooperates. “We are not having a distribution issue at all. We are able to get to our partners very easily as long as roads stay open, and canyons don’t have rockslides. We’re good to go,” said Powers.
1 in 10 Coloradans struggle with hunger, and 1 out of 6 Colorado kids don’t know when they’ll get their next meal, according to the Community Food Bank website. For a list of local food banks, or more information on how you can help, click here.