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City Food Banks Face More Funding Cuts

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The Food Bank for New York City needs your help.

The organization is feeling the pressure because of budget cuts.

One community kitchen on 116th Street in Harlem says it will have trouble keeping up with an increased demand after an $800,000 funding cut from the state. Officials say it works out to be roughly half of the program's budget.

"The bottom line is that any line to this program means that the Food Bank, who serves over a thousand programs will have to make up the difference which is going to impact over a thousand programs in the city of New York," said Food Bank for New York City President and CEO Dr. Lucy Cabrera.

Currently, the kitchen on 116th Street serves dinner Monday through Friday and breakfast on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The kitchen and pantry have provided some 700,000 meals over the past year, 30 percent more than the year before.

Officials say the funding shortage couldn't come at a worse time.

"We may have to modify our budget maybe eliminate the breakfast program we have here two days a week," Cabrera said.

"Families will be left without an option in this community," said Food Bank for New York City Director of Meals Services Daryl Foriest.

Food banks around the city not only serve meals, but also hand out much needed groceries to residents.

"It helps you quite a bit especially when you are on a low income and they give you so much, they really do," said food pantry user Steve Chevlier.

"This place has really, really been a big help to me," said food pantry user Rosita James.

The Food Bank says a generous donor has promised to match every dollar donated to the program through July 13th.

For more information or to make a donation, visit foodbanknyc.org.

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