Food Shortage for Poor

November 1, 2012 Updated Nov 1, 2012 at 9:38 AM EDT

By Ed Reilly

November 1, 2012 Updated Nov 1, 2012 at 9:38 AM EDT

CATTARAUGUS N.Y. (WKBW) Even though it is Halloween week, there is already great concern that local food pantries will not have enough food to help needy families at Thanksgiving.

For example, the Cattaraugus Food Pantry serves 140 families and normally they have a freezer filled with turkeys waiting to be distributed for Thanksgiving - but this year, they have none.

"We don't have any of those available extra canned goods, or meats, and anything that would help supply or supplement what we want to give out," says Elizabeth O'Neil, Director of the Cattaraugus Food Pantry.

According to the Food Bank of WNY, the need this year has increased by over 6,000 families, but donations from manufacturers has dropped by 30%.

Added to that, Federal funding for food programs has been cut.

The food bank is asking for donations so that it can help supply 340 agencies like the Cattaraugus Food Pantry.

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