Area Food Pantries In Dire Straits, Need Financial Assistance

CUMAC in Paterson, N.J.

There’s a serious food shortage at CUMAC in Paterson, N.J. (File Photo: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A major supply shortage is sparking a quiet panic in parts of the Tri-State Area. There’s a food shortage impacting everyday families.

The refrigerators and shelves are nearly empty at CUMAC in Paterson N.J., the largest food pantry in Passaic County. CUMAC helps feed nearly 15,000 people a month, but Bruger said the growing demand from victims of recent storms has quickly eaten up their supplies – and the economy has taken a toll on donations.

The Center for Food Action in Englewood, N.J., has been giving hundreds of storm victims food it cannot afford to replenish, and now the center is hurting for goods.

If you would like to help these pantries, you can donate here for CUMAC and here for Center for Food Action.