Food pantries experience a lack of donations
The financial crisis wreaking havoc on Wall Street is affecting some of New Jersey?s food pantries. Officials say fewer people are donating food, yet more residents need aid.
Rev. Pat Bruger says her stock of food got so low, she was forced to close the doors of CUMAC Food Pantry in Patterson for two days last month. According to Bruger, food donations have never been this low in her 18 years at the food pantry. She says she has also seen a 30 percent increase in the number of people on the food lines from just last year.
On Sunday, the ShopRite in Rochelle Park held a food drive, which showed signs of promise, as many patrons donated food they brought from home or purchased from inside the store.
The annual food drive has provided enough non-perishable food items to feed 250,000 people in the past.