Every time the price of fuel jumps, it affects our ability to put food on the table of those in need - particularly fresh food. Last week we had a film crew from KING 5 come to the food bank and ask me how we're managing. I told them it's having a huge impact, as this time of year it's already challenging enough to find fresh fruit and vegetables in Washington. So I've been going all over the country trying to secure new sources of produce. For instance, in the past two weeks I've brought oranges, grapefruit, cabbage, and lettuce in from California. In addition, we purchased carrots, squash, zucchini, bell peppers and cucumbers from Arizona. Fresh produce is key to fighting hunger and finding it is critical to our mission.
As you can imagine, every time the price of fuel goes up (which is happening often these days) we have to take another look at whether we have the resources to continue to offer this type of food around the state. To give you an idea of the cost, last month in a 3 week period the cost of a load from Arizona jumped from $3,100 to $3,900. Here's a peek at some of the food I'm talking about:
I've got my fingers crossed that the fuel prices don't get too out of hand.