High Plains Food Bank feeling the crunch of higher food costs

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – The supply chain shortage and inflation is affecting one local non-profit’s mission, the High Plains Food Bank is looking at higher costs compared to last year.

Executive Director of the High Plains Food Bank, Zack Wilson said their biggest challenge right now isn’t finding items that they need when it comes to food items, it’s just the increase in cost.

Wilson said they’re still looking for the best deals when they look for those food items.

Another thing Wilson said they are seeing with increase inflation is the price of transportation to the food bank. Whether it’s because diesel costs more or a shortage of drivers of trucks.

“We get the food that we are going after, that we need, that we purchased, but getting it here cost more,” said Wilson.

Wilson added that food distribution has also been affected this year as well.

“If we have a truck repair or maintenance, that has increased. In fact, it has increased close to 20% since the past year. We have a truck repair, which requires a part that is on backorder or no longer available, or taking a while to get here, that costs more,” said Wilson.

Wilson added they’ve had a harder time acquiring certain items for the holiday season, but he said they tried to offset that by preparing earlier in the year.

“We tried to offset this year with our turkeys we ordered way back in March. Those went out the door very quickly even before November started and trying to get more in has definitely been a challenge,” said Wilson.

Wilson said having multiple channels of food such as purchased food, donated food, and food from the US Department of Agriculture helps keep food at the door.

He said even with increased food costs and other factors, he says the food bank will continue to serve.

“Hopefully, we can crest on some of these increased costs soon, but for now we are still working hard to get food out the door,” said Wilson.

Wilson said the best thing the community can do is increase financial donations at this time, which is helping them absorb those additional costs and get those items that they need.

According to Wilson, a dollar donated equals six meals the food bank can provide.

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