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Posted on: March 11, 2024

Atlanta, GA (March 11, 2024) – Higher food prices may be an annoyance to many consumers in metro Atlanta, but to lower-income households that are already fighting to stay afloat, they are a special threat.

Prices for food are insidious — it’s not an optional expense — and the cost for that necessity rose dramatically in 2021 and 2022 at the same time as the cost of other necessities, like housing and fuel, were likewise clawing at household budgets.

“Everything just went sky high,” said Kevin Ransom, a disabled Navy vet who lives in Decatur and had come to the Chamblee food pantry operated by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. “The cheapest thing used to be chicken and then that went to the moon. The worst thing is the vegetables. There’s a head of lettuce the size of your hand and they want $2 for it.”

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