NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – Charitable organizations need help more than ever.
The rising cost of items due to supply chain delays is really straining anything good they can do in the community, CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reported Monday.
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The line for New York Common Pantry circled the block back and forth, just shy of overlapping.
There were regular pantry offerings on one side and the Thanksgiving distribution on the other. Hundreds of families rely on the grocery store to make ends meet.
“We see a lot of food products that we usually buy in short supply. When we can buy them, more expensive, ”said Stephen Grimaldi, executive director of New York Common Pantry.
Declining inventory, labor shortages and supply chain disruptions have made it difficult to purchase nutritious food for its customers. All this while food donations have been cut in half.
“Now we find that, because we can’t get food locally, we have to go further and further. The further away you move, the more supply chain issues you run into, ”said Grimaldi.
Andre Thompson is in charge of buying the groceries.
“We’re basically competing with everyone for a pantry – the supermarkets, the home consumers,” Thompson said.
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It’s a daily process, with a few close calls.
“If we weren’t a few steps ahead in planning our Thanksgiving shopping, we wouldn’t have it available today,” Thompson said.
For so many nonprofits, the holidays are a great time for fundraising. But delays in the supply chain are also having an impact on this effort.
“Simple things like not enough glue or paper. You say what’s the problem with that? Well our main fundraiser is through the mail, ”said Major Kevin Stoops of The Salvation Army.
Millions of dollars could be put on hold. With more and more requests for help, concerns are growing about the impact on large programs, like the Angel Tree Toy Drive.
“I’ve had sleepless nights,” Stoops said. “Can you support The Salvation Army maybe a little earlier in your thinking, just because it’s crucial this year.”
Charities are trying to do even more with much less this year, hoping to continue to be a lifeline for those who need it most.
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Editor’s Note: This story first appeared on November 15, 2021.