LEE COUNTY, Fla. – As grocery prices continue to soar local food banks are struggling to keep food on their shelves.
Grocery prices have risen 5.4 percent compared to October 2020. Some food pantries fear donor fatigue has set in just when they need help more than ever.
James Davis, who helps serve meals at the Fort Myers Rescue Mission, serves, cooks, and helps clean up and eats at the mission daily to help avoid the high prices at the grocery stores.
“It saves on money, saves on time. It’s a good deal,” Davis said.
But the rise in prices is straining many budgets. Stefanie Edwards with the Community Cooperative in Fort Myers said the increased food prices are having a huge impact on the budget.
Groceries at the Community Cooperative Food Pantry are in big demand.
“With the way things are going I can tell you it’s not sustainable,”