Food pantries in need this holiday season

November 27, 2008 8:24:31 PM PST
It's been a tough season for food pantries and many non-profit agencies. With the faltering economy and rising unemployment, the number of people seeking assistance has increased, while the number of pantry donors has dropped. But help is on the way.

"This is what we're seeing at the agencies," City Harvest's Erin Bennett said. "Their fridges are bare. And they're doing the best they can to support their communities."

City Harvest's spokesperson Erin Bennett says workers at the not-for-profit organization do not know if they can keep up unless donors step up.

That's why GFI employees stepped up to the plate, knowing this year will be tough.

"The act of giving, you start feeling much better about yourself," GFI CEO Allen Gross said. "You can't focus on your own personal problems, you have to focus on other people.'

GFI employees got together and donated boxes full of canned goods for needy families this holiday season.

Those donation made there way to those in need in Washington Heights.

Organizers for Monday's Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square are also pitching in.

"The economy is terrible," an event orgainzer said. "The food non-profits are having a hard time. We wanted to highlight the need."

The folks at City Harvest and Winter's Eve remind you to please bring your can donations and, of course, your cash donations.

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STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Carolina Leid

WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King

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