Non-Profits Tackle Food Shortage Before Thanksgiving

November 12, 2012 Updated Nov 12, 2012 at 8:25 PM EDT

By WKBW News

November 12, 2012 Updated Nov 12, 2012 at 8:25 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW)- With Thanksgiving less than 2 weeks away, countless non-profit agencies are hoping the generosity of the Western New York Community will help feed thousands of people this Thanksgiving. Cuts in federal funding, a weak economy and a reduction in donations from food distributors have left countless non-profits with a food shortage, especially for turkeys.

"People are tightening their belts more and more," said Food Bank of Western New York Spokesperson Michael Billoni. "The cost of food is also going through the roof. It's just becoming tougher and tougher, but people here are extremely generous."

"We need a lot of food," added Michael Smith, Associate Executive Director of the Buffalo City Mission. "We have a pledge of 2,000 turkeys and we're hoping they come in this year because the need is stronger than ever."

Frozen turkeys, stuffing and non-perishable items still in dire need. The local organizations are hopeful the City of Good Neighbors will pull together once again to assist those in need.

"We're just so grateful to have a great community. We know they will come to our rescue," added Smith.

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