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Gas Prices Drive Food Costs Up

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Northwest Harvest trucks, which supply Central Washington's needy families with food, are sucking it up at the pump.

Fuel expenses for Northwest Harvest has gone up 62 percent in a single year.

The company ships food throughout the region and it costs 600 dollars everytime a driver fills up the tank.

As a result, people are paying for it at the dinner table.

Northwest Harvest's Rosemary Rief said food is the one negotiable expense that most families have.

When people are forced to choose between getting to work and eating, most people compromise food rather than risking a job or even a basic utility.