High gas prices and increasing grocery prices affect everyone. But imagine the impact on low income families who paid $3.17 for a gallon of milk a year ago and now pay $4.29 a gallon. That is just one small example of how unrelenting increases in food prices cause these families to live with hunger and food insecurity. It is harder than ever to make ends meet and these families have to make tough decisions between food, gas, medication, medical care and other critical needs.
After 150 years of relatively constant food prices, the cost of food worldwide has increased 75% since 2005. This trend was accelerated in 2007 with wheat prices rising more than 35% since the 2006 harvest, while corn increased nearly 28%.
Our local Food Bank, managed by the Mason County Ministerial Alliance, provides assistance to qualifying low income families to help them with their increased need. In these tough times, there are ways that our community can support our local Food Bank. The Mason County Food Bank is funded solely by donations and not by any governmental entities.
• Support a Food Bank fundraiser that will be held on Saturday, June 28: Donate goods for sale, purchase goods or just stop buy to make a donation by cash or check.
• Donate Cash anytime to allow the food bank to purchase food for 18 cents per pound from the Concho Valley Food Bank. They can buy more food with $1 than we can at retail grocery prices.
• Support Local Food Bank Drives held by various organizations
A Farmer’s Market and Homemade Bake Sale Food Bank Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, June 28, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (or until goods are sold), with all proceeds benefiting the Mason County Food Bank. The fundraiser will be held on the west side of the courthouse lawn.
If you can donate fresh vegetables or homemade baked goods for the fundraiser, please bring them to the fundraiser at 7:30 a.m. Please mark baked goods with the baker’s name and the type of baked good. If you need more information or have any questions, please contact Joyce Mutschink, Doris Courtright, Jane Shoemaker, Barbara Kruse, or Carol Jean Reardon.