It has just come to my attention that many NYers are finding a hard time affording food. A recent report finds an increase in the number of New Yorkers who cannot afford food. The New York City Coalition Aganist Hunger released a study showing between 2008 and 2010 that nearing half-a-million children lived in households that cannot afford enough food. That’s about a 61% increase since the last time the study was conducted between 2005 and 2007.
The coalition found the demand at food pantries saw a 12% increase this year. That’s in addition to a 7% increase in 2010. This organization says federal cutbacks forced many soup kitchens and food pantries to either close or suspend operations.
Added to this there are 1.5 million state wide that are having trouble feeding their families and 320,000 are in Queens alone. Well think of this, the goverment can bail out banks and financial institutions that are considered too big to fail but organizations that feed the poor can’t be helped. Think of this too: a poor family has two choices one is to pay the rent and not buy enough food and the other is to buy enough food and not be able to pay the rent and end up homeless.
This holiday season and all year round let’s think of our poor neighbors. I urge, all that can to donate to your local food pantry, soup kitchen or houses of worship that distribute to the needy. Now I’m not saying this to take up space but I am trying to walk the talk. I’m am Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911 in Douglaston and my council has just donated enough food to feed fifty people to St. Aloysius Parish in Great Neck which operates a food kitchen that feeds those in need.
This is just a drop in the bucket but I hope others will be donating this holiday season as well, for the need is great. Remember this too: The kindness of strangers means a lot to to those who have very little.
What do you say?