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Last updated 3:02AM ET
March 5, 2021
Service Agencies Hit Hard By Rising Gas Prices
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Rising gas prices has forced a Tuscaloosa nonprofit agency to start delivering hot noon meals weekly instead of daily to the elderly who rely on the nourishment.

Before October last year, volunteers with Focus on Senior Citizens delivered 80 hot meals daily to people in Tuscaloosa County who were homebound.

Executive director Amelia Heath said the agency spent about $4,000 a month on gasoline at that time, but that bill has jumped to $6,000 a month.

But Health said they now deliver a box with five meals in it and a half-pint of milk, allowing the recipient to put four meals in the freezer and get one out each day.

Heath said Focus hired a food service provider to prepare and deliver the meals.

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