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Meals on Wheels Struggles with Gas Prices

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Record gas prices have nearly crippled a local charity for the elderly.

Travel costs are going up with the price of gas, but Meals on Wheels volunteers also say they're seeing volunteer drivers cutting back and asking for more reimbursements.

All of this at about the worst time, because as the price of food rises, more people than ever are walking through their doors to sign up.  

Meals on Wheels home delivers pre-made meals to the elderly.... But workers say could end the service.

"We've lost a couple so far and it's, they just can't afford to volunteer for us.   We can help them out with a little bit of a stipend, but it's really not enough to offset what it really truly costs to drive your car," said Marcee Woffinden, who helps run program operations.

Woffinden says she just got a new quote from their food vendor for next year.

He's predicting the price of food alone to rise 10 to 15 percent in the next 12 months.