High Gas Prices Hit South Bay Food Banks Hard

SAN JOSE (KCBS) — Rising gas prices are worrying charities, particularly those that feed people.

With gas hitting $4.50 a gallon, it’s a huge additional expense for Bay Area food banks, said Tami Cardenas with the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Jose.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

“Gas prices directly relate to the Food Bank’s core business because we have a fleet of 28 trucks that acquire and distribute food to the hungry all year long,”she said.  “We have seen a 29 percent increase in the cost of diesel since December.”

Cardinas said high gas prices have impacted their ability to acquire fruits and vegetables.

“We have to raise an additional $5,000 to feed hungry families produce between now and June 30th,” she said.

Mary Vollinger with Meals on Wheels in Santa Clara said gas prices are also having an impact on their program, and it’s harder to attract volunteers to deliver food.

“We rely heavily on volunteers and many of our volunteers are retired and maybe on fixed incomes,” she said.

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  • Sam Mallory

    I almost gave a care but then I realize that these programs are abused by meth addicted baby breeders who live off the system and out taxes. Notice that when you pull up to a free food place you see the same people hitting up these places methodically. Boo to helping the weak who chose not to help themselves. Ever noticed how these same people who can not afford meat can afford ice cream and cake…..

    • Gene

      You should probably care because for every person out there abusing the system there is probably 20 people that actually need that same system. To automatically assume that every person who benefits from 2nd Harvest Food Bank is a “meth addicted baby breeder” is naive and irresponsible.

      However, if you would like to always look at society through those prejudicial goggles of yours then by all means go ahead and judge away.

      It’s amazing to know that people who think like yourself still exist in this day and age.

      • genomega1

        You are so wrong, most people have something called pride and honor, they will never use services like this.
        These programs are setup by leftists to payback the parasites that vote for them.

  • Rachelle

    I agree with Sam above. These programs are abused terribly.

    I can’t forget that the same leftist, enviro-fascists who support these programs are among the first to stop drilling for oil, digging for coal, or building nuclear power plants. What did they expect would happen to the poor when energy becomes so expensive? It isn’t just gas that will take a hit–food prices will go up as well.

    Maybe these down-trodden can find a free lunch in the student cafeterias at Berkeley. Diversity like that is educational, isn’t it?

  • Michael V. Pelletier

    Obama said you should just quit whining and trade in your gas guzzler. How much food can you pick up and deliver in a Chevy Volt, I wonder?

  • Rachelle

    Before it’s over, I think we will find that the EPA and the Sierra Club have killed more people than nuclear reactors have done.

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