Grocery prices on the rise in Alabama

By Chauncy Glover - bio | e-mail 

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A $1.51 for a head of lettuce and 79-cents a pound for red potatoes says its all.

Alabama shoppers may be dishing out a few extra cents at the grocery checkout line.

According to the Alabama's Farmer Federation, the cost of 20 basic market basket items in February climbed just under 1 percent to a state wide average of $53.71.

"Everything is just going up and groceries is just one of the staples in that increase also. It comes from wholesale, so you're going to see an increase and I think it will get worse before it gets better," says Rainbow Foods Manager, Walter Johnson.

The 29 cent hike from January is mainly because of the rising cost of vegetables and some beef products, but the AFF says those higher prices were offset by lower prices for dairy and pork products.

Walter Johnson, a manager at the Rainbow Foods in Phenix City says, they're doing all they can to keep prices on aisle 1 down.

"We're a neighborhood store, so we try to keep prices down and customers satisfied. We do some promotions to try to help customers during these trying economic times," says Johnson.

"Nobody's making anymore money and paying bills. You can barely pay for stuff we have. The last month, we've gone to churches to get food, because we can't afford it," says shopper, Misty Coe.

"I would like to see the prices go down," says another customer.