Local food banks struggle to keep food on shelves as grocery prices soar

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,”

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10 of the Best Food and Drink Inventions of the 21st Century So Far

Recent innovations in food and drink have changed the way we dine at restaurants and at home.

Some of the latest changes have been developed with the environment in mind, while others have targeted the finest palates.

Here are some of the best food inventions of the 21st century so far.


Cronuts were invented in 2013 and are now a popular dessert in the US. They were created by pastry chef Dominique Ansel.
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Pastry chef Dominique Ansel is credited with creating cronuts at his bakery in New York in 2013.

The pastry resembles a doughnut and is made from croissant-like dough. It is filled with flavored cream and fried in grapeseed oil.

Just days after they were launched, hundreds of people began queuing up to taste the new invention, which is now a staple among American desserts.

Rolled Ice Cream

Rolled ice cream
Rolled ice cream was introduced in the
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Chef trades gumbo for signatures to allow food trucks in Baker: ‘I don’t go down without a fight’ | Communities

Inside a small blue food truck in Baker, Nancy Thomas — a resident, businesswoman, single mother of five and self-proclaimed “woman of the people” — takes to her cooking pot each Sunday. She fills the 25-gallon drum with enough ingredients to feed a city starved of soul food.

And because city leaders say she can’t sell it, she gives it away in exchange for signatures on a petition to change local rules. 

Debate over a Baker ordinance prevents Thomas from peddling food out of the truck. But she is allowed to serve it up without charge, like she does at homeless shelters around East Baton Rouge.

So, week in and week out, the “Southern Belle Chef” stands inside the Shugga Shacc dishing out free jambalaya, burgers and smothered-turkey-neck gumbo to anyone who asks.

“While they’re here enjoying my food, they might as well sign a petition to support the truck,”

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