Tuesday, July 15, 2008

High gas prices leave children without food

I sympathize with parents who cannot make ends meet or put enough food on the table. It must be an awful feeling to watch your children go hungry.

My family has plenty to eat but the high price of gas is making me a value shopper. And we aren't eating out - maybe two meals in the last three months.

It is good to know that the Food Bank is there to provide support for children who are less fortunate than mine. It's a good investment in the social welfare of our community and I appreciate their efforts.

From ADN More children join ranks of city's hungry:

The cost of feeding a family in Anchorage jumped 14 percent from March 2007 to March 2008, according to a survey by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

Much of that increase came in the first three months of the year. Meantime, fuel prices have skyrocketed -- which has a ripple effect on the price of goods flown and shipped into the state. Last year's $3 gallon of gas seems like a bargain compared to the teeth-clenching $4 drivers pay now.

People are making hard choices, said DeBruhl, the Food Bank development manager.

'Do they pay for a tank of gas to get to work, or do they pay for food?' she said.

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