Grocery bills continue climbing for Tampa Bay area shoppers

Feb 23, 2023

St. Pete Free Clinic CEO Jennifer Yeagley said she has seen a steady increase in need for food assistance that’s coincided with climbing grocery costs and cost-of-living increases over the past year.

“As we know, in the Tampa Bay region, the Consumer Price Index for groceries and utilities is much higher than it was a year ago and trending ahead of national inflation rates. Additionally, rent is over 15% higher in our area than it was in January 2023, which continues to stretch people’s earnings beyond what their budgets can accommodate,” Yeagley wrote in an emailed response.


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