High inflation leaves food banks struggling to meet needs

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Kendall Nunamaker and her family of five in Kennewick, Washington, faced impossible math this month: how do they pay for gas, groceries and their mortgage with inflation driving up prices?

Their struggle is increasingly common.

The 8.5% jump in the consumer price index in March was the largest year-over-year increase since 1981, according to the Labor Department.

The national average gas price reached a record high Wednesday of $4.40 a gallon. And global food prices are climbing after shortages caused by Russia’s war against Ukraine and other supply chain problems.