‘It’s a struggle, and it’s sad.’ Island Harvest struggling to keep shelves full for those in need
A Long Island food bank says its shelves are getting empty at a time when the need for food is at its highest.
Lourdes Laboy, of Smithtown, says she and her son had to turn to Island Harvest for help this month after struggling to make ends meet.
“The prices of food is outrageous - no matter how hard you work, it just doesn’t make ends meet,” Laboy says. “It’s a struggle, and it’s sad.”
Island Harvest Food Bank president Randi Shubin Dresner says they have 200 cars twice a week coming to them for support.
“We have to make changes – something has to be different because there are so many people who are struggling,” Shubin Dresner says.
Island Harvest says its shelves are more bare than usual. It says it depends on food donations, but those donations are not coming in.
Laboy says she is just grateful for every little bit of help the food bank gives.
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