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As gasoline prices and inflation at all levels continue, the CCRT and the Coastal Bend Food Bank are stepping in to help where and how they can.

Pump prices and widespread inflation are impacting Coastal Bend residents and their summer budgets.

Organizations like the Coastal Bend Food Bank and the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority are seeing an increase in the number of people seeking relief.

“We are seeing an increase in ridership,” said Rita Patrick of CCRTA.

Patrick said a day pass to ride one of the buses costs less than two dollars.

“You can save a lot of money by taking public transit and we encourage people to take that into account when trying to budget in their household,” Patrick said.

She said they’ve seen more runners traveling into the city and from Port Aransas.

“We do our best to help move our people around our community,” Patrick said.

Helping the community is a motto that the people at the food bank have also continued to implement.

“There was a long line this morning and people needed food,” said Bea Hanson of the food bank.

Hanson said they are seeing more and more people needing an “emergency food bag”.

“People come to our door and say, ‘I have no food, I have to buy gas.’ And when you see that having to make those kinds of choices is very serious,” Hanson said. “But, if you don’t have gas, you can’t go to work and if you don’t go to work, you don’t get paid.”

It’s a need that Hanson says will worsen over the summer as inflation continues.

“I think it’s increasing. People are finally, if they had saved enough now, it’s gone and they have to use other forms of assistance,” Hanson said.

However, she assured that as the needs grow, the bank will be ready to meet the demand.

“We’re going to make sure people have something to eat,” Hanson said.

You can sign up for the CCRTA app here, which can help you track bus routes/schedules and pay for bus passes.

Food banks served by the CBFB can be found here.

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