As gas prices soar, so does the need for food banks

Organizers at food pantries say they're constantly getting new families who say they need food given to them because they can't afford to buy it.

Imagine if you couldn't even shop at a grocery store because you used all your money to buy gas and pay other bills.

As the cost of everything has gone up, there are people in the Tri-state who say food is too expensive.

Richard Howard is shopping at the Serve City Food Pantry in Hamilton for the first time in a year.

"I was, you know, surviving, I had a little extra money here and there, but now it's just everything, you know the bills and everything it's just escalating," says Howard.

Howard says if he didn't stop by the food pantry this month, he'd likely go hungry because he's spending his disablity check on so many other things, like the rising price in gas.

He's not the only one with a story like that.

"I see people coming in here, they're horrified that they're having to come to a pantry. They never in their life thought they would have to come to one," said Glenna Carrol, the food pantry organizer

Carrol says in April her pantry helped close to 30 more families than they did in March.

Each day she says she sees a growing line of people outside her door who need help.

"They start lining up there an hour, two hours before we open," said Carrol.

Orgainzers in this food pantry and across the Tri-state say it's not just the demand for food that has increased, but the supply has decreased. There isn't a lot of food in this food pantry."

"Some of the grains we're not getting, so we've had to cut back on some of the grains so yes, it has changed, so they're not getting quite as much food," said Carrol.

It's all something that's worrying to the food pantry's staff of volunteers.

"I've had people come in and say hey, it's food or gas," said volunteer Lora Craver.

In March this food pantry helped about 793 families. In April, tt was about 830. Families can only visit the pantry once a month. Sara Gouedy