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Food banks need donations ahead of the holidays

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With Thanksgiving approaching, many families are struggling to afford their holiday meal items, and food banks are no different.

As families try to find the best and most affordable deals, other families must depend on donations given to them by food banks and cupboards. In order to get those, donations need to be made to local food banks. Volunteers and donations keep them running, and this year they are in need. Thanksgiving is only one week away and making sure families have enough to eat for the holiday has been harder this year.

While donations keep food banks afloat, many people that used to buy extra to donate aren’t necessarily doing that this year because it’s so much more expensive.

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One food cupboard in Victor is struggling to feed all of the families on their list. Karen Guidaerlli, Director of Operations at the Victor Farmington Food Cupboard, explained their situation to News Channel 10.

“Our mission is feeding people with dignity, and respect,” Guidaerlli said. While their food cupboard is currently full, they have a list of 570 people with only 500 turkeys to give. To make sure all 570 families have enough to eat for the holidays, some people will be supplemented with chickens. The food cupboard also pays for a lot of its food and is seeing a 15% increase for what they order. This is causing them to rely more heavily on places like Foodlink. Guidaerlli explained that without the food bank, the food cupboard may not have survived through the pandemic and inflation.

You can help the Victor Farmington Food Cupboard by donating and learning more here.

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