ORLANDO, Fla. — Longer lines are forming at Central Florida food banks, mainly because of rising prices.
The typical family pays about $460 more per month for the same items bought last year.
Most people and businesses do not have the extra cash they need, which becomes an issue for food banks as more people seek help.
Food bank Serenity’s Grace has long lines but not a lot of supplies, and finding food for families has become a daily task for CEO Karlette Karras.
She said Serenity’s Grace can no longer rely on donations to get by.
“People are talking about Thanksgiving, they’re talking about Christmas and I am just trying to get through August right now,” Karras said.
In Kissimmee, Farm Share Marketing Director Gil Zepeda said they are one of several Florida food pantries in the process of sending a letter to the federal government to ask for funding.
Zepeda says donations were used to assist with funding.
“A lot of companies even, or a lot of businesses that used to be very generous with their funding, have had to cut back because of their loss in business,” he said.
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