Charities Combating Gas Prices

Marsha Fox, Executive Director, Meals On Wheels of Amarillo
Marsha Fox, Executive Director, Meals On Wheels of Amarillo

As gas prices soar at the pump, local charities are being hit hard with transportation costs. So they are finding ways to cut costs to continue bringing services to the panhandle community.
Meals On Wheels of Amarillo have found a way to cut fuel costs for their volunteer drivers, by eliminating a second trip.
"We used trays that had to be washed every night, so that required the drivers to return back to the hospital after they completed their meal route to leave the trays."    

So they switched to styrofoam to go boxex, which Executive Director Marsha Fox says takes 10 to 15 miles off their delivery commute and less money out of their pockets.

"Yeah that makes it a lot easier , easier to handle and just better all the way around. Yeah that trip back to the hospital is a  saver for sure," said Mark Simmons who has been a volunteer driver for 3 years.
Fox also says they've also shortened delivery routes. 

"We have also tried to work very hard to develop our routes on on a concise and compact manner so they are grouped by neighborhood." 

The High Plains Food Bank say they are also being hit hard with fuel and freight costs and have increased their budget to keep their rural delivery service going. 

"We are budgeted and on schedule to spend about $45,000 dollars in freight cost to get food here nationally next year we have budgeted $55,000 for that. So that's quite a bit of increase." That's according to spokesmen Zack Wilson.
Wilson says the budget for fuel has also increased to about $30,000 dollars annually.