The steady incline of gas prices is hitting Texomans hard. Struggling families are finding it difficult to put food on the table.
Clay County resident Ruby South is one of many who is feeling the pinch with soaring gas prices. In efforts to save money Ruby alternates driving days to Clay County Outreach to pick up food. Ruby said, "Sometimes I walk to the store instead of driving my car because I can't afford the gas."
Clients who line up for Friday food pick-up, are picking up groceries for other clients who could not make it. Clay County Outreach volunteer Whitney Dowd said, "I think about people not being able to make it every week, they just stay hungry that week."
Clay County Outreach clients are already struggling in the rough economy. With the pain at the pump clients are just trying to survive. Dowd said, "They are riding a bike here or walking to make sure they are able to get here."
Saving money on gas and groceries means more money in their pockets. Dowd added, "I'm glad we are here to relieve the stress of food so they can focus on their health, or fixing their car, or making sure the lights stay on. They don't have to worry so much about food."
Clay County Outreach says gas prices not only affect its clients, volunteers are feeling the pinch too.