Rick Bowmer, AP
This Feb. 23, 2012 photo shows a diesel pump at a gas station in Lake Oswego, Ore. Americans have pumped less gas every week for the past year. It's a slide that's now longer than the decline seen during the recession. Soaring pump prices have forced people to drive less and buy more efficient cars.

Some Americans are cutting back on grocery spending and instead getting food from charities to cope with skyrocketing gas prices, according to the Jamestown Sun.

But rising gas prices are forcing charities to make cutbacks as well. "It costs us more to get food back here and out to the agencies that distribute the food," Susie Novak, executive director of the North Country Food Bank in Crookston, Minn., told the Jamestown Sun.

The North Country Food Bank spent $23,260 in February and March 2011 on gas. That number has gone up to $32,602 in 2012 during those same months, Novak told the Jamestown Sun.

Some charities are driving less to offset rising gas costs, but some charities don't have that option, according to the article. Nonprofit organizations don't usually have a lot of room in their budgets for an increase in gas costs, so they have to try and raise more funding. A task that can be difficult in a slow economy.

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