RICHLAND, Wash. -- Most of the country is suffering through a crippling drought that has severely hampered corn production.
The reduced crop has created higher prices and local food banks are feeling the impact.
John Neill director of the Tri-Cities Food Bank says the increase in food prices for bread, and corn means they're dipping into their cash reserves more than they would like.
"I signed a check for instance for just under $7,000 dollars for food that we've had to buy from are supplier and that's just coming from cash reserves." explains John Neill, director of the Tri-Cities Food Bank.
A typical shipment only costs around $2,000 dollars and their monthly budget is around $9,000 dollars. The USDA says expect food prices increases this year and in 2013.