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The first time Kelly Wilcox drove her 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan to the pantry near her home in Payson, Utah, she immediately noticed one thing that surprised her: the new models of sedans and Toyota and Honda minivans. “I saw a bunch of other people with cars like mine, who had kids in cars,” she said.

The mother of four young sons didn’t know what to expect when she made that first trip to Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry this spring. She knew she needed help. Her husband had lost his job. He soon found a new job as an account manager, but with inflation, that wasn’t enough. “We still can’t pay the bills,” said Ms Wilcox, 35. To feed her children this summer, she made regular trips to the pantry and said that unless there was a change, such as food prices falling or going up for her. husband, it will be needed for the foreseeable future.

Tabitha’s Way location in Spanish Fork, Utah, a town of about 44,000 people outside of Provo, served about 130 families each week, providing essentials like fresh produce and baby formula. This year – serving people like Ms Wilcox and her family, whose paychecks don’t go far enough – that number has topped 200.