Skyrocketing food prices are pinching budgets of Oregon individuals and agencies

Juan Rodriguez, Oregon Food Bank warehouse specialist, delivers pallets of food to the Nyssa Food Pantry. (The Enterprise/FILE)

Oregonians and some state agencies are grappling with soaring food costs.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, retail food prices have jumped 8.6% in a year, including a 1% uptick in February. Anyone who’s gone shopping has had sticker shock. Those who rely on public food benefits are especially vulnerable to rising prices. 

The federal government increased the amount awarded to recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, in October, but not by much. School districts also have received some extra funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees school food programs.

But the state Department of Corrections, which spends $1.1 million a month on food, has not received any . . .