The past two months have hit food industries hard, with both Hostess and two Tri-State Kroger stores closings their doors. And, while some companies have found other suppliers, the effects are still lingering for some.
Hannibal Nutrition Center officials say Kroger was their main source for bread. And now that Kroger is gone, the Nutrition Center spends roughly $40,000-$50,000 in groceries every single month, and the cost keeps climbing.
Debbie Catlett, the Executive Director at Hannibal Nutrition Center says since Kroger closed, bread has gone up 70 cents a loaf. And, that increase was something they weren't expecting.
"The extra $500 in bread isn't even worked into our budget, as isn't 22 percent increase in groceries," said Catlett.
Catlett said Kroger actually donated most of the bread, so it's not just the higher cost that is taking a toll on the budget.
The Nutrition Center actually just received a $10,000 grant from Walmart, but the center serves a quarter of a million meals every year and unfortunately that grant will only cover a small portion of the cost.
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