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N.J. food banks seeing Thanksgiving shortage post-Sandy

HOTtopic041212_optBY REBECCA SHEEHAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we are left struggling to find shelter, warmth, gas for our cars and generators, and most importantly food to feed our families.

NPR has reported New Jersey food banks are in high demand and are struggling to feed the homeless families whose lives have been turned upside down because of the superstorm. Some food banks are under pressure with twice as many mouths as before to feed. In the last two weeks alone more than 250,000 hot meals have been distributed, according to a statement from The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean County executive director Carlos Rodriguez to NPR.org. And now with Thanksgiving with less than a week away, the food banks do not know if they will be able to provide a turkey dinner to all those affected and in need.

“With so many stores having lost power and having to throw away so much food, we were able to save something that, quite frankly, right now was priceless," he said. The food bank had 10,000 turkeys in their freezers that were kept frozen on generator power during the hurricane.

Other food banks in the state aren’t as lucky; while they are met not only with the immediate everyday needs of the victims but also the high demands of Thanksgiving being right around the corner.

If you can help out the Community Food Bank of NJ this holiday season, here is how. Donate a turkey to a storm victim family today so they too can have the Thanksgiving they so truly deserve.

 

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