Honey Brook resident Renae Shultz is among the growing number of people who are flocking to local food pantries due to the inflation-fueled, skyrocketing cost of food, writes Alfred Lubrano for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Shultz, a school bus driver, lives with her husband, a mechanic, and their five children in a mobile home. The family had been doing well enough for a while to stop going to the Honey Brook Food Pantry. However, the seemingly endless rise in prices has compelled Shultz to return.
“I try not to use the pantry,” she said. “I think other people are more deserving. And I have my grandmother’s pride, a woman who started her own greenhouse years ago. But you do what you have to do to survive.”
In the last six months, food prices have risen by more than seven percent, putting an extra burden on families like Shultz’s and pushing them back to food pantries. Compared with last March, the Honey Brook Pantry has seen an increase of families coming in of 35 percent.
“We’ve been having some very busy days,” said director Ken Ross.
Read more about Renae Shultz in The Philadelphia Inquirer.