Families feeling the pinch of rising food costs at the register

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Consumer prices are on the rise, making it more and more difficult for parents to put food on the dinner table. New statistics show prices are climbing at the highest rate in more than a year.

FOX 4’s Megan Brilley reports that families say their wallets are feeling the pinch. An apple a day will keep the doctor away, a phrase we hear all the time, but healthy eating is becoming more and more difficult when prices for fruits and veggies are so high.

“I struggle to eat my veggies and my doctor will tell you I need to eat more,” shopper Carol Bachhuber said.

“I was looking at grapes that were $2.99 a pound and I said, ‘well, I’ll pass those up,” said another shopper, Alane Costanzo.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the price of fruits and veggies are up 3.2 percent; meat, poultry fish and eggs are up 7.7 percent.

“It is frustrating. As a parent, as a consumer as a wife, I cook for my family,” Costanzo said.

But studies show average income combined with rising prices makes it easier for families to grab the faster, cheaper option. Other Studies show droughts are partly to blame, but we spoke with a former market owner who experienced it first-hand.

“For the most part it’s the distance and there’s a lot of hand work involved. These are picked, a lot of it, by people not machines. If it dries up or too hot too cold, you’ve gotta cover yourself by charging more to cover how irregular things are,” Bachhuber said.

Families we talked to are worried. They wonder if they’ll be able to continue to give their kids the healthiest options without breaking the bank.

“Think about families, and what it takes for us to have things on our table.”

Food prices aren’t the only increases we’re seeing. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics also found gas prices, electricity costs and airline fares are up, too.

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