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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR)– Rising gasoline costs throughout the nation is just not solely taking a toll on drivers however impacting Feeding Southwest Virginia’s skill to feed these in want.
According to the Consumer Price Index summary, gasoline rose 42.1 % over the past 12 months. In September alone it rose 1.2 %.
CEO for Feeding Southwest Virginia, Pamela Irvine says the rising gasoline costs are making it troublesome for seniors to journey to the non-profit areas 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 additionally organizers of Feeding Southwest Virginia are involved about how their operations shall be impacted.
“We function 19 industrial autos. We’ve tractor-trailers. We’ve field vehicles. We’ve cargo vans and different autos. So, we’ve a couple of 30 automobile fleet that we function. So, we’re very involved about the price of gasoline after all,” 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 significantly in rural areas the place accessible grocery objects shall be extra pricey.
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