STAUNTON, Va. - According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price of food in February rose 0.4% from January, the largest increase in nearly three years. The report suggests that prices may rise as much as 3.5% during 2014.
Wendy Pelletier of Staunton has four children and buys a lot of groceries. She has noticed the increasing prices of food recently.
"When you have four kids, and you try to budget the money, it affects you a lot," said Pelletier.
Victor Douglass, who owns the Jiffee Mart in Staunton, said other items, such as canned goods and milk, are also on the rise. The weather and the economy, among other factors, led to the price increases.
"Gas prices affect it, beef prices out in the Midwest are affecting it, but it's also the overall market," Douglass said. "With higher wages coming along, with the problem with the crops, you have a little bit of higher prices, and unfortunately, we have to pass it on because we unfortunately have to make a profit too so we can pay our people that work here."
Pelletier thinks there is not much we can do about it, but she tries to make sure her money is going to people she knows, even if the prices are going up.
"I try to balance it out," she said. "You have to have food, so I don't really think I can buy any less than what I buy now. I just try to buy it local. I know sometimes it's more expensive, but I would rather see my money go locally then to somebody else, somewhere."