Food banks are gearing up to expand the number of Thanksgiving meals served to needy New Yorkers as skyrocketing unemployment has forced thousands to seek help.
“It’s people who never thought they would find themselves standing on line for food to feed themselves and their families,” said Leslie Gordon, the president and CEO of Food Bank for New York. “Some of these folks are donors to Food Bank — people who used to write checks to support our work, and now they are on line.”
An estimated 2 million New Yorkers are hungry this holiday season, Gordon said, a troubling 500,000-person increase from a typical year. To meet the staggering need, Food Bank is on track to distribute 100 million pounds of food this year to its network of 1,000 charities, up from 70 million in 2019, Gordon said.
As Thanksgiving nears, food suppliers say they’re working around the clock to pump out turkeys and other meals.
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