BUFFALO N.Y. (WKBW) Each year, hundreds of volunteers gather at the Buffalo City Mission to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for the needy.
Last year, the Mission served 4,000 Thanksgiving dinners and many were hand-delivered to homes throughout the area.
But this year, there is a big problem.
The Buffalo City Mission needs 2,000 turkeys in order to be able to feed the area's poor and homeless.
The call for turkeys at the Buffalo City Mission is just the latest warning that there may not be enough food to help feed the hungry this holiday season.
Several rural food pantries say they are also struggling to deal with increasing numbers of needy individuals.
Officicials at the Food bank of WNY say the shortage is being caused by three factors, the poor economy, cuts in Federal food programs, and the reduction of donations from food manufacturers.