Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Need for Food Grows During Holidays [AUDIO]

NEW JERSEY 101.5

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season just around the corner, the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties is facing a higher need than ever.

Food Bank
Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

More than 127,000 people, including working families, the disabled and seniors, will need help getting food on the table during the holidays according to director Carlos Rodriquez.

Last year after Sandy donations skyrocketed, but a year later they have all but fallen off to pre-storm levels.  Rodriguez said the demand remains high because many people are still displaced or financially insecure from the storm. Additionally, cuts to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are also creating a demand increase.

He said during the holiday season the biggest needs they find are for proteins like frozen turkeys, ham and chicken.  “It’s always something that we see a need in, and it’s not something that we can necessarily collect at one of our food drive bins.”

While food drives and product donations from residents are vital, Rodriguez said they rely on cash donations which allow them more power to purchase items in bulk quantities, as well as coordinate the transportation of large donations.

“For every dollar donated to the FoodBank, it generates and supports three meals. It allows us to bring in donations from farms and other areas.”

Part of the FoodBank’s goal is to provide nutritious and quality calories wherever possible, particularly from fresh fruits and vegetables.

“Last year we distributed over a million pounds of fresh produce this year we want to distribute over a million and a half pounds,” said Rodriguez.

He said while hunger is more prevalent during the holidays, it’s present year-round.

“While this is a time of year when we think about hunger and we want to make sure to make sure everyone has a hot meal for Thanksgiving, the need is really year round and families that experience hunger during the holidays will unfortunately probably need help come the New Year as well.”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

Best of the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!