More families seeking help from food pantries as grocery costs climb

ORLANDO, Fla. — The sticker shock at the grocery store isn’t going away for Central Florida families.

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Whether it’s cereal, baking products, dairy or seafood, prices on many foods are continuing to climb, and it’s forcing some local families to make some changes to save money.

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The latest data from the consumer price index shows that, aside from your transportation bill, your grocery bill is taking the second hardest hit from inflation, and it means a shift at the local food pantries.

According to the latest consumer price index data for the Southeast region, people are paying close to 10% more on grocery items this year compared to last.

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Some food pantries said they’ve seen more middle-income families that have lost their jobs and can’t make ends meet take advantage of their services, whereas it used to be lower-income families.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.