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High gas costs affecting food prices

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WILMINGTON -- Those painful prices at the pump are affecting your wallets in more ways than one. Food and produce prices are also creeping up due to the increases in fuel costs. Last month, food prices rose three-point-nine percent nationwide over last year's numbers. The trend is affecting both consumers and charitable organizations. The Salvation Army feeds anywhere from 200 to 250 people in Wilmington each day, but if food prices continue to climb, administrators say it will force them to cut back. Wilmington Salvation Army Director Maj. Butch Mallard said, "We have a 54-bed shelter and that stays about 95 percent full. So, the people there are dependent upon us, so we have to cut back on food first." According to some local grocery store owners, prices on products like bread, eggs and citrus are expected to increase to reflect the additional costs of transportation.

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