Gas Prices Hit Non-Profits Harder Than Most 12-23-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Gas Prices Hit Non-Profits Harder Than Most 12-23-2010

Hardly anyone likes to see gasoline prices continue to soar. But it's especially hard on nonprofit agencies that use delivery trucks.
WNEM TV5's Craig McMorris profiled one such agency hoping that gas prices will come down again soon.
Hidden Harvest transports about 2 million pounds of food per year and when gasoline prices go up, that means more money is spent moving that food.
The agency helps feed the less-fortunate all across the Saginaw Valley by driving to restaurants and businesses that donate food for those who are hungry. McMorris went to a couple of those locations on Thursday and TV5 cameras were rolling as a driver picked up food.
Rich Premo has been with Hidden Harvest for 14 years. In the past few years, he said he's had to keep a nervous eye on prices at the pump.
"It has a great impact, it has a great impact on the nation,” said Premo. “Last year alone, we probably traveled over a 100,000 miles just in the Tri-County area, so last year we spent around $20,000 just on fuel."
So as those prices go up, so does the cost of operating the nonprofit agency. The solution for Hidden Harvest is to raise more money. The agency is thankful that it gets a lot of contributions from generous folks living in Mid-Michigan.
"We are at the mercy of the petroleum companies, but luckily, we work in a region [where] there are so many kind people that help us out,” said Premo. “People help us out. They know we do good work, so they come to our rescue."
Anyone seeking to help Hidden Harvest can do so by visiting its website here.
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