Exec. Director: 'Americans Help Americans. We Always Have, We Always Will'

STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – With Thanksgiving about a week away, the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County is appealing for much-needed donations.

As WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported, the food bank gave away more than 15,000 turkeys last year. But the number is much lower this year.

“Donations are down tremendously. A lot of people have been laid off,” the food bank’s executive director, Kate Lombardo, said.

She added while employment figures may be up, a lot of people are getting just part-time jobs and squeaking by on a smaller paycheck.

But she urges people who can donate to do so.

“Americans help Americans. We always have, we always will. And I know that if people were aware that one of their neighbors was going without a Thanksgiving dinner, they would step up to the plate,” said Lombardo.

The agency has received 650 turkeys this year but is hoping for 10,000, according to the Greenwich Time. Monetary donations have also been smaller than in past years, Lombardo said.

She said $20 will provide a large family with a nice Thanksgiving turkey.

To make a donation to the food bank, click here.

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