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Food donation organizations seek financial support, food, volunteers this holiday season

Posted On: Dec 5, 2021   |   Posted By: Boston Herald

The season of giving is here, and food pantries and other anti-hunger organizations are seeing a spike in demand for services. They're asking for Bay Staters' help to ensure no one goes hungry this holiday season.
“Prior to the pandemic, our busiest year was 2019, where we served 204,000 meals. Last year, we served 793,000 meals, and I think this year will serve probably around 900,000 meals,” said Diane Kuzia Hills, executive director of My Brother's Table in Lynn. ”That's really because of the pandemic.”
Many of My Brother's Table's clients, who can pick up packed lunches or hot dinners there, are still affected by pandemic-induced job layoffs, and “were already on the knife's edge before COVID” in making ends meet, Kuzia Hills said. “A lot of them are now in a position where they're trying to pay back debts because they've been laid off for so long, so all of their money is going to pay past due bills.”
Others are struggling with the cost of record-shattering inflation , which particularly affects the...

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