Increasing gas prices are putting local Kansas City food trucks in a pinch, and some are having to scale back on events they used to attend.
Duke’s Place is known for their creole, Cajun, soul food. Owner Vanessa Ward and her husband say costs for them are up across the board.
A container of oil used to cost them $21, but now they’re purchasing the same container for $42 and go through at least three containers when they set up businesses.
They are also having to pay a lot more at the pump. Right now, it takes them $100 to fill up their tank and that’s not including the gas they need to keep their generator running. Their food costs are also dramatically up.
“It’s been hard, but we don’t take a lot of events that are way out like we used to,” Ward said.
Ward said some events require food trucks to pay a fee, but because of the surge in gas prices, they are doing their best to stay in the Kansas City area to cut back on cost.