[Hpn] Nation's Need Apparent During Holidays

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Nation's Need Apparent During Holidays
Charities, Food Banks Struggling To Meet Demand

December 21, 2007

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CHICAGO -- A Salvation Army shelter in a well-to-do Kansas county has an =
unprecedented waiting list that includes families who've lost their =
homes to foreclosure.=20

In Florida, a real estate agent who said she was having a tough time =
making it this year sought assistance from a food bank for herself and =
her children. And in Maryland, one agency that serves families said it's =
seeing more young, working, single mothers who move into shelters and =
ask family members to care for their kids. They just can't afford rent.=20

Stories like these tell of a holiday season rife with need across the =
country, but also what aid workers are calling a disturbing and growing =
need for assistance all year round. =20
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Everywhere, people are feeling the crunch of rising gasoline and grocery =
prices, as well as utility bills, rent and mortgage payments. Those =
factors also are cutting into people's ability to donate.=20

"Not only can they not give, many -- for the first time -- have need and =
are coming to us," said Melissa Temme, a spokeswoman for the Salvation =
Army, where stories like that of the overflow at the Johnson County =
Family Lodge in Kansas are becoming increasingly common.=20

Last year, 4.8 million Americans got holiday assistance from the =
Salvation Army, everything from meals and clothing to gifts. It's too =
early to tell if those numbers will go up this year. But while her =
organization generally sees a surge in giving of gifts and at kettles =
right before Christmas, Temme said she's sensed a general unease among =
staff about the level of need that's out there.=20

Others say the same.=20

"This isn't a holiday shortage, per se. This is a shortage that's been =
building," said Ross Fraser, a spokesman for America's Second Harvest, a =
domestic hunger-relief organization based in Chicago. At Thanksgiving, =
the organization estimates that food banks nationally were short a total =
of 15 million pounds of food, or roughly 11.7 million meals.=20

Since then, his agency has heard about recent shortages at food banks, =
from New York, Illinois and Tennessee to Texas and California. One food =
bank in Dallas reported having to spend $100,000 a month buying food, =
because of declining donations of excess food from grocery stores and =
farmers through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.=20

"I don't think anybody ever thought food banks would be going out and =
buying food," Fraser said.=20

One food bank in Orlando, Fla., he said, told of a single mother who was =
forced to get food donations because her income as a real estate agent =
fell from $66,000 last year to just $18,000 this year, due to slumping =
housing sales.=20

Rebecca Wagner, executive director of Community Ministry of Montgomery =
County, Md., also has seen the need for emergency aid growing among the =
working poor.=20

"Before they were cobbling together three and four jobs to make ends =
meet," Wagner said. "Now that utility bill is a backbreaker."=20

She's been encouraging donors to make pledges beyond the holiday season =
-- for instance for utility bills and rent next year.=20

"Toys and bags of oranges only go so far when you can't keep your heat =
on," Wagner said. But, she added, families always appreciate the help at =
the holidays, too.=20

"All of it helps," she said.=20

Considering that individual donors represent about three-quarters of all =
charitable contributions, it means the last few months of giving in a =
year are critical, said Albert Ruesga of The Meyer Foundation, which =
funds aid organizations in Washington, D.C., and beyond.=20

"The giving that happens around the holiday season is really the =
lifeblood of many organizations that serve our poorest communities," he =
said.=20

Corporate donations are also key.=20

Wal-Mart recently announced that it would donate 50 truckloads of food =
and grocery items to America's Second Harvest, while ConAgra Foods will =
donate 35 truckloads and pledged to match individual donations to =
America's Second Harvest up to $200,000.=20

Many others focus on local giving.=20

That includes Navistar Financial Corp., the Schaumburg, Ill.-based =
finance subsidiary of the International Truck and Engine Corporation.=20

Among other things, employees from the company give gifts each year to =
hundreds of students at the Lafayette Specialty School, an school that =
serves toddlers all the way up to eighth-graders in Chicago's Humboldt =
Park neighborhood.=20

John Mulvaney, Navistar Financial's chief financial officer, recently =
played Santa Claus as he and his staff handed out the gifts to excited =
students who'd written "letters to Santa."=20

Tia Martins, a fourth-grader, was one of those. She asked for an =
electronic diary, "so I can write all the things that happened to me, so =
I would never forget them."=20

"It means a lot to me that people that I don't even know would go out =
and spend their hard-earned money on me," Tia said. "Even though I don't =
get a lot of gifts, I'm still happy with what I have, not what I =
could've had."=20


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time=20
making it this year sought assistance from a food bank for herself and =
her=20
children. And in Maryland, one agency that serves families said it's =
seeing more=20
young, working, single mothers who move into shelters and ask family =
members to=20
care for their kids. They just can't afford rent.=20
<P></P>Stories like these tell of a holiday season rife with need across =
the=20
country, but also what aid workers are calling a disturbing and growing =
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<P></P>Everywhere, people are feeling the crunch of rising gasoline and =
grocery=20
prices, as well as utility bills, rent and mortgage payments. Those =
factors also=20
are cutting into people's ability to donate.=20
<P></P>"Not only can they not give, many -- for the first time -- have =
need and=20
are coming to us," said Melissa Temme, a spokeswoman for the Salvation =
Army,=20
where stories like that of the overflow at the Johnson County Family =
Lodge in=20
Kansas are becoming increasingly common.=20
<P></P>Last year, 4.8 million Americans got holiday assistance from the=20
Salvation Army, everything from meals and clothing to gifts. It's too =
early to=20
tell if those numbers will go up this year. But while her organization =
generally=20
sees a surge in giving of gifts and at kettles right before Christmas, =
Temme=20
said she's sensed a general unease among staff about the level of need =
that's=20
out there.=20
<P></P>Others say the same.=20
<P></P>"This isn't a holiday shortage, per se. This is a shortage that's =
been=20
building," said Ross Fraser, a spokesman for America's Second Harvest, a =

domestic hunger-relief organization based in Chicago. At Thanksgiving, =
the=20
organization estimates that food banks nationally were short a total of =
15=20
million pounds of food, or roughly 11.7 million meals.=20
<P></P>Since then, his agency has heard about recent shortages at food =
banks,=20
from New York, Illinois and Tennessee to Texas and California. One food =
bank in=20
Dallas reported having to spend $100,000 a month buying food, because of =

declining donations of excess food from grocery stores and farmers =
through the=20
U.S. Department of Agriculture.=20
<P></P>"I don't think anybody ever thought food banks would be going out =
and=20
buying food," Fraser said.=20
<P></P>One food bank in Orlando, Fla., he said, told of a single mother =
who was=20
forced to get food donations because her income as a real estate agent =
fell from=20
$66,000 last year to just $18,000 this year, due to slumping housing =
sales.=20
<P></P>Rebecca Wagner, executive director of Community Ministry of =
Montgomery=20
County, Md., also has seen the need for emergency aid growing among the =
working=20
poor.=20
<P></P>"Before they were cobbling together three and four jobs to make =
ends=20
meet," Wagner said. "Now that utility bill is a backbreaker."=20
<P></P>She's been encouraging donors to make pledges beyond the holiday =
season=20
-- for instance for utility bills and rent next year.=20
<P></P>"Toys and bags of oranges only go so far when you can't keep your =
heat=20
on," Wagner said. But, she added, families always appreciate the help at =
the=20
holidays, too.=20
<P></P>"All of it helps," she said.=20
<P></P>Considering that individual donors represent about three-quarters =
of all=20
charitable contributions, it means the last few months of giving in a =
year are=20
critical, said Albert Ruesga of The Meyer Foundation, which funds aid=20
organizations in Washington, D.C., and beyond.=20
<P></P>"The giving that happens around the holiday season is really the=20
lifeblood of many organizations that serve our poorest communities," he =
said.=20
<P></P>Corporate donations are also key.=20
<P></P>Wal-Mart recently announced that it would donate 50 truckloads of =
food=20
and grocery items to America's Second Harvest, while ConAgra Foods will =
donate=20
35 truckloads and pledged to match individual donations to America's =
Second=20
Harvest up to $200,000.=20
<P></P>Many others focus on local giving.=20
<P></P>That includes Navistar Financial Corp., the Schaumburg, =
Ill.-based=20
finance subsidiary of the International Truck and Engine Corporation.=20
<P></P>Among other things, employees from the company give gifts each =
year to=20
hundreds of students at the Lafayette Specialty School, an school that =
serves=20
toddlers all the way up to eighth-graders in Chicago's Humboldt Park=20
neighborhood.=20
<P></P>John Mulvaney, Navistar Financial's chief financial officer, =
recently=20
played Santa Claus as he and his staff handed out the gifts to excited =
students=20
who'd written "letters to Santa."=20
<P></P>Tia Martins, a fourth-grader, was one of those. She asked for an=20
electronic diary, "so I can write all the things that happened to me, so =
I would=20
never forget them."=20
<P></P>"It means a lot to me that people that I don't even know would go =
out and=20
spend their hard-earned money on me," Tia said. "Even though I don't get =
a lot=20
of gifts, I'm still happy with what I have, not what I could've had."=20
<P></P>
<P></P><B>Additional Resource:</B><BR>
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