Donations down, need up for food banks, outreach programs

Donations are down and need is up for organizations who feed the hungry over the holidays. Pastor Jim Ryan says the Lighthouse Mission is in desperate need with Thanksgiving two weeks away. "We're

News 12 Staff

Nov 16, 2013, 4:54 AM

Updated 3,893 days ago

Share:


Donations are down and need is up for organizations who feed the hungry over the holidays.

Pastor Jim Ryan says the Lighthouse Mission is in desperate need with Thanksgiving two weeks away.

"We're expecting to be able to give out 1,600 Thanksgiving meals over the next few weeks," he says. "As of right now, we have 49 chickens and turkeys."

Volunteers at food banks and outreach programs like this one say they are seeing a drop in donations while also seeing an uptick in demand. Food stamps have been cut by about 5 percent, but Long Island Cares' Paul Pachter says it's enough to affect people on fixed incomes.

"It's having a tremendous impact," says Pachter. "Not only on families who may be economically disadvantaged, but also people with disabilities and a lot of senior citizens are struggling right now."



More from News 12
1:05
Trump is injured but 'fine' after apparent assassination attempt leaves rally-goer and gunman dead

Trump is injured but 'fine' after apparent assassination attempt leaves rally-goer and gunman dead

2:15
HEAT ALERT: Mostly sunny skies on Long Island with feels-like temperatures in the mid 90s

HEAT ALERT: Mostly sunny skies on Long Island with feels-like temperatures in the mid 90s

1:59
Security increased at Trump Tower following rally shooting

Security increased at Trump Tower following rally shooting

0:56
‘Utterly unacceptable.’ Rep. Torres condemns violence following Trump rally shooting

‘Utterly unacceptable.’ Rep. Torres condemns violence following Trump rally shooting

2:27
Political analyst weighs in on gun violence in wake of Trump rally shooting

Political analyst weighs in on gun violence in wake of Trump rally shooting

3:32
Rep. D'Esposito: Trump rally shooting 'a stark reminder of the divided country that we're in'

Rep. D'Esposito: Trump rally shooting 'a stark reminder of the divided country that we're in'

1:29
Expert: Security will be a high level concern at presidential events in wake of Trump rally shooting

Expert: Security will be a high level concern at presidential events in wake of Trump rally shooting

1:34
Political analyst: Shooting at Trump rally will bring changes to 2024 Presidential Election

Political analyst: Shooting at Trump rally will bring changes to 2024 Presidential Election

2:03
Poll: More than 40% of women skip or delay medical screenings and appointments

Poll: More than 40% of women skip or delay medical screenings and appointments

1:46
‘Lives are forever changed.’ One year since bombshell arrest of alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer

‘Lives are forever changed.’ One year since bombshell arrest of alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer

2:16
Water damage forces Hempstead woman out of her apartment

Water damage forces Hempstead woman out of her apartment

0:34
Advisory issued against bathing at 76 Long Island beaches

Advisory issued against bathing at 76 Long Island beaches

0:31
Police: 3 people injured following multi-vehicle crash in West Islip

Police: 3 people injured following multi-vehicle crash in West Islip

0:26
Officials: Car pulled from water in Islip Marina

Officials: Car pulled from water in Islip Marina

1:45
NY AG's Office releases body cam video of fatal police-involved shooting in Bay Shore

NY AG's Office releases body cam video of fatal police-involved shooting in Bay Shore

2:40
Gilgo Case: Suffolk DA speaks with News 12 ahead of one-year anniversary of Heuermann’s arrest

Gilgo Case: Suffolk DA speaks with News 12 ahead of one-year anniversary of Heuermann’s arrest

2:08
Blueprints of Heuermann home detail where pieces of evidence were found

Blueprints of Heuermann home detail where pieces of evidence were found

0:41
Spokesperson: Bomb threat called into district office of Rep. D'Esposito in Garden City

Spokesperson: Bomb threat called into district office of Rep. D'Esposito in Garden City

2:32
4 Stop & Shops to close on Long Island

4 Stop & Shops to close on Long Island

0:21
Police: Nurse at Nassau University Medical Center punched in the face by patient

Police: Nurse at Nassau University Medical Center punched in the face by patient