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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR)– Rising fuel costs throughout the nation isn’t solely taking a toll on drivers however impacting Feeding Southwest Virginia’s means to feed these in want.
According to the Consumer Price Index summary, gasoline rose 42.1 p.c during the last yr. In September alone it rose 1.2 p.c.
CEO for Feeding Southwest Virginia, Pamela Irvine says the rising fuel costs are making it troublesome for seniors to journey to the non-profit places to replenish on meals.
“We simply had within the final week 4 calls from disabled seniors who say they don’t even have transportation means to exit and even get donated emergency meals,” mentioned Irvine
Not solely has the rising costs impacted seniors but in addition organizers of Feeding Southwest Virginia are involved about how their operations can be impacted.
“We function 19 business automobiles. We’ve got tractor-trailers. We’ve got field vans. We’ve got cargo vans and different automobiles. So, we now have a few 30 automobile fleet that we function. So, we’re very involved about the price of gas in fact,” mentioned Irvine.
Organizers with Feeding Southwest Virginia say that folks in rural areas are struggling greater than in city areas. The non-profit group is exploring new methods and new fashions to supply meals to individuals notably in rural areas the place accessible grocery objects can be extra pricey.
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