TROUTVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — As inflation rates and gas prices continue to rise, the operators of southwest Virginia food trucks are dealing with extra struggles.

Brandon Stinnett owns a restaurant in Roanoke, as well as “The Lazy Bulldog,” consisting of two Roanoke Valley food trucks

“We used to go pretty much anywhere, you know, if there was a beneficial event,” Stinnett said. “But now, we pretty much stay local. If we do do anything out of town, it has to be a good 500 [or a] 1,000-person event for us to make it worth the trip out.”

Stinnett says he gassed up his food truck on Sunday, April 3 and it put him out about $150. To fill up his diesel food truck, costs run about $200.

However, fuel costs aren’t his biggest problem. Inflation and supply chain issues are also causing a strain.

Stinnett uses all local ingredients and protein, not from larger food suppliers.

“I do stay with my local providers just because they are good at getting me what I need,” said Stinnett.

In addition, supply chain issues have led to Stinnett changing his menus weekly for all three of his kitchens.

“That’s the whole thing of going back to tailoring my menu week by week, so I look for the discounted prices on different types of proteins,” Stinnett explained.

In early March, the Labor Department reported that U.S. inflation jumped 7.9% over the past year, the sharpest spike in 40 years. In addition, last week, President Joe Biden ordered the release of a million barrels of oil per day from the nation’s strategic petroleum reserve for six months in a bid to control spiking energy prices

“I don’t want to be the guys who are charging $20, $24 for a burger. I mean, realistically, I see why people are doing that because it’s outrageous — $4 a pound for ground beef right now,” said Stinnett.

Food truck owners like Stinnett are hoping to get some relief soon.

“Stay away from the Amazon and Walmart’s and big chain restaurants,” Stinnett said. “It’s the small businesses that are hurting. It’s not the big guys…stay local.”