HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Many people are facing the impacts of inflation and high gas prices…
And according to Food Bank of North Alabama CEO Shirley Schofield, they're seeing it too.
"The main way we are seeing the increase though is in fuel cost, our fuel costs have almost doubled. That's probably the biggest impact that we are seeing on our ability to provide food to people…We are doing it but it is definitely more expensive than it was," says Schofield.
Schofield says more people need food.
"We are also seeing an increase in the number of people… Just as we are experiencing those increases in fuel and cost of food as well some shortages in some areas…So are families."
People also can't drive to mobile pantries to get food because it is too expensive to use gas.
"We do have the food that we need.. It's just costing us a lot more"
Schofield also says that the summer months are harder for them and encourages the community to host food drives.
"It's always a good time to have a little food drive in your community and have that go to the food bank."
What is the Food Bank of North Alabama?
We feed the hungry today AND create solutions that will end hunger tomorrow.
We accomplish this mission by supplying 13 million pounds of food a year to a network of over 200 food pantries, shelters and children’s programs in 11 counties of North Alabama. Together we feed over 80,000 people at risk of hunger annually.
We also address hunger’s root causes through broad-scale collaborations and local food initiatives that foster entrepreneurship and healthy food access across our region.