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Tuesday, November 20

Modern Dilemma: Warmth or Food?

This morning I called the fuel company to order a fill up because we haven't had one since February and it's getting quite chilly at night. HFS! $3.02/gal and would be rising by 5 cents next week. I asked how much I paid in Feb and she said $2.17/gal. Yowsers. We are so wearing sweaters and heavy socks around the house this winter. I'll update you on how much the bill is when the guy comes with the oil.

This article Burn, Money Burn has some predicting that oil prices will go up although some say that as the winter progresses, prices will fall as they did last winter. But last winter, there was less demand as we had a pretty mild winter. This winter may not be so mild. One reason given for these ridiculously high prices is that refiners fell behind while trying to keep pace with the demand for gasoline. I don't know if I believe that. Mostly everyone I know is trying to drive less or is forced to drive less because the gasoline is so expensive.

Food Banks are Struggling With Shortages

CINCINNATI - Operators of free food banks say they are seeing more working people needing assistance. The increased demand is outstripping supplies and forcing many pantries and food banks to cut portions.

Demand is being driven up by rising costs of food, housing, utilities, health care and gasoline, while food manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers are finding they have less surplus food to donate and government help has decreased, according to Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks.
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Officials with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, which serves nearly 1,000 agencies in 23 counties, also are worried.

Through the end of August, the food bank was down almost 700,000 pounds of USDA commodities that include basic essentials such as canned fruit and vegetables and some meat — food that is very difficult to make up in donations, Executive Director Mark Quandt said.

"We're bracing ourselves for a very tough winter, especially with home heating fuel prices at record highs in the Northeast," Quandt said. "People living in poverty or near poverty just can't sustain those types of increases."
I don't get why wholesalers and retailers have less to give. I must look into that.

The fact that we have so many working poor people in this country should raise alarms within the halls of DC, but they are not concerned with 'we the people who pay taxes' and are still poor.

Time to spread the love.
If we who can afford an extra item or two or more at the grocery store and would do so in order to drop it off at a food bank or church outreach, we can make a difference for struggling families and individuals. You never know, it could be you one day.

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