Study: Long Islanders of Hispanic descent, families of up to 4 people most likely to use food pantries
A new report shows more Long Islanders are relying on food banks as prices at the grocery store show no signs of going down.
Long Island Cares recently conducted a study to find out why people are using food pantries and who is using them.
Dr. Jessica Rosati, of Long Island Cares, says supply chain issues and the rising cost of goods caused by 40-year high inflation are playing a major role in why people can't afford to feed their families.
She says families between one and four people make up the majority are those in need.
Rosati also says 54% of the people utilizing the emergency food network are Hispanic.
She also says the study found that the majority of people surveyed reported an income of less than $25,000 a year.
Jim McDonald now volunteers at a pantry in Lindenhurst, but there was a time when food was hard to come by.
"When I was a kid, I had to stand on line to get food with my mother," McDonald says.
He also says volunteering at a food pantry now creates a connection one can't describe.