Charities Feel The Pinch

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 9:09am

Rising fuel costs are having a major impact on food banks and other non-profits.

Rising gas prices are depleting more than just your wallet.

They're also taking a toll on supplies at food banks.

More people feeling the pinch at the pump are turning to food banks for help at a time when the non-profits are also shelling out more for gas.

Every month Second Harvest food bank feeds more than 250,000 people in California's Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

Program and services director Cynthia McCown says the non-profit is dealing with a 29-percent increase in fuel costs since december, forcing them to raise an additional $500,000 this fiscal year at a time when the demand for food is greater than ever.

"The perfect storm with the rising fuel costs, rising food costs, rising needs. So you have that you know compounded affect on individuals that we're trying to serve in order to get food out to them," she says.

The folks at Second Harvest expect to see even more demand in the summer when children won't be able to eat subsidized breakfasts and lunches at school.
 

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