The increase in food prices decreases donations at a Wausau food pantry
WAUSAU (WAOW) -
A summer of drought and hot temperatures across the country is causing the cost of food to soar. Making it hard for one Wausau pantry to get donations.
"The increase in prices is affecting us in some way," said Fernando Soto.
Fernando Soto has been the food director at The Neighbors' Place in Wausau for two and half years, and he says the hike in food prices hasn't helped the food pantry.
"We don't see many donors coming in, usually we have between 15 and 20 donors a day and I've see a decrease in that, we get maybe 6 or 7 people coming with food," said Soto.
A new report from the World Bank shows food prices jumped 10 percent in July, all due to the heat.
"Everything is on a supply and demand curve so the lower the supply and the higher the demand, of course we're going to see higher prices out there on the grocery shelves," said Agriculture Development Educator Dan Marzu.
But higher prices mean fewer people donating. Leaving the pantry to worry about buying food itself to keep the shelves full. It's something Soto says they'll do if they have to, but they really rely on donations.
"We don't refuse anything, whatever they bring us is something we're going to use, we know that," said Soto.
And the pantry is using a lot, as many people turn to The Neighbors' Place for help. Soto says that's why the shelves need to be stocked, for those who need it the most.