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The non-profit organization Seconds Servings of Houston is feeling the effects of higher fuel prices

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – High gas prices are not only impacting consumers, but groups helping those in need are also feeling the pinch.

FILL GAS UPS SPIKE $40 PER VEHICLE AS CHARITIES DELIVERY GOODS TO HELP NEIGHBORS

Seconds Servings of Houston supplies products to nearly 100 organizations. It’s food going to neighbors who need it more than ever.

“People who live on a steady income, like the elderly and the disabled,” said Barbara Bronstein, president of Second Servings of Houston. “You will be crushed.”

Enclosed by the highest increase in goods in 40 years, it’s a surge that’s also hurting charities.

Second Servings is paying $40 more to fill its trucks and buy containers for food delivery.

Nevertheless, the group wants to deliver more goods, but is waiting for a larger transporter. “We have a line for June/July,” Bronstein explained. “We’ve waited a year. Hopefully things will get better.”

LOANS ARE EXPENSIVE NOW, BUT WILL IT REDUCE THE COSTS FOR CONSUMERS AND CHARITIES?

Economists are not sure whether the supply chain will be relieved.

“The war between Russia and Ukraine. If it takes a different trajectory, some of the supply chain issues could improve,” said Jorge Barro, fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. “But unfortunately I don’t see it that way.”

As for the higher prices being paid by charities and customers, there might be some relief.

A government group made loans more expensive on Wednesday. This is planned several more times this year. This can reduce spending and help drive down the prices of other items.

“They seem to think that inflation will stay high for the rest of this year before it comes back down,” Barro said.

For a few months, that forces charities to be more frugal to help neighbors who need fresh groceries more than ever.

“We want to see it fill stomachs, not landfills,” Bronstein said.

Economists say you may continue to hear overall commodity prices are high even as credit has been rising for months. However, that doesn’t mean you have to wait until next year for prices to drop in stores. It’s possible these prices will drop sooner as everything catches up.

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