Soup kitchens see more patrons, less funding

Suffolk food pantries that service the Island's downtrodden can expect some tough times ahead.

Suffolk soup kitchens are likely to lose more than $1 million in funding as the result of cuts to the federal government's Emergency Food and Shelter Program. The funding cuts will be coupled up with dwindling donations to Island Harvest, which distributes food to 600 non-profits in the area.

The timing couldn't be worse. Soup kitchens are seeing a 20 percent spike in visitors due to the tough economy.

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