Melissa Pinsky, the director of Marketing and Communications, said the charity serves 150 to 200 clients per day, and has seen a 95% increase in food pantry orders over the last two years.
“Many families in our community are barely getting by and extra seasonal purchases can put a strain on already tight budgets,” Sherri Morgan, NFCC director of Development, said in a statement. “This year, we’ve had a lot more families sign up to receive this seasonal assistance, so support from the community is vital.”
The nonprofit has provided a sign-up for food donations on the NFCC website. Suggested items include grocery gift cards, whole turkey or chicken, holiday ham, family size lasagna, cans of sweet potato yams, 1-pound bags of rice, boxes of dry potatoes or macaroni and cheese, dessert mixes and more.
The online sign-up for the donation of gently-used coats details what families need such as baby and toddler winter coats, youth boys and girls coats, and adult coats as well as sizes for all.
An Amazon link is also displayed for potential donations.
Donated items will be distributed Nov. 9-11.
“By donating coats, our supporters are helping local families stay warm as the temperatures drop, while their Thanksgiving food donations allow families to celebrate a special meal with loved ones and have extra food to keep kids fed during the school break,” Morgan said.
NFCC also welcomes financial contributions to the programs, the statement said.