Gas voucher requests rising along with prices



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Posted on March 15, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 15 at 9:17 PM

MESQUITE - Sharing Life Community Outreach in Mesquite gets ten gas vouchers a month to give to the dozens of clients it sees daily.

"I've had people come in and say, 'I can't get to work this week because I don't have enough money to make it through the week to get gas,'" said Sharing Life's Teresa Jackson.

Families come to them seeking basic necessities, like clothing and something to eat.

A food pantry provides "fuel" for hungry families. But now, fuel for the car has become an even greater priority.

With gas nearing four dollars a gallon, and minimum wage at $7.25, the hourly salary for many, like single Mom Greta Brownlee, is cut in half.

"It makes it a little scary, when you don't know how you are going to, let's say put gas in your car, if you have something else to do, like your children need something or you have to pay your light bill," she said.

Other clients, like Jose Chirayil, say it means making some tough choices.

"[Choices] about whether or not to go to the grocery store that week, whether they can afford to pay the co-pays to purchase their medication," he said.

Those rising pump prices won't likely be changing anytime soon.

In Dallas, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.80. That compared to $3.62 a week ago and $3.49 a month ago.