Food banks across the state are seeing an influx of new faces as spikes in the cost of groceries and gas have some Californians seeking help for the first time. The numbers of those receiving services dipped at the start of the year as the spread of the COVID-19 virus waned, but are now rising in the face of the highest inflation in 41 years.
“Californians are giving a negative rating of the direction of the state,” said Mark Di Camillo, director of the Berkeley institute’s poll. “That coincides with how voters are viewing their personal financial situation.”
Menu price inflation hit a fresh 40-year high in March as operators continued raising prices to adjust for their own cost increases, according to new federal data released on Tuesday.
As for take-out or dine-in menus, the USDA said those prices are predicted to go up between 5.5 and 6.5% for the remainder of this year.
Prices at the pump aren’t the only thing going up. There’s a good chance your next dinner on the town is likely to cost you more as well.
When I thought about what I wanted my post-military career to look like, I wanted to do something that honored the legacy of service. I was not ready to stop giving back to my community and to my country. I found the opportunity to continue that work through the franchise business model. And today, I own and operate 12 local Dunkin’ franchises in San Diego, with two on the military bases on which I proudly served. Dunkin’ is a taste of home for many on base — I know it was for me.