Members of Newburgh Loaves and Fishes say the number of families receiving Thanksgiving meals from the organization grew from 100 in 1996 to over 1,300 in 2013.
The group is predicting even more growth this year as it launches a fundraising campaign whose goal is to raise enough so 1,500 poor families will have the ingredients to make a Thanksgiving meals at home. That cost is over $30 per family, according to the group.
Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to: Newburgh Loaves and Fishes, P.O. Box 2844, Newburgh, N.Y., 12550. Contact Stephen Auffredou, president, at 917-816-0053, or the Rev. Mauvoureen “Vonnie” Hubbard, vice president, at 845-401-8154, for more information.
The group is also seeking those willing to donate their time. Anyone interested in volunteering can call 845-401-8154 or message Newburgh Loaves and Fishes on Facebook (@Loaves Fishes).
Here is the text of Newburgh Loaves and Fishes’ appeal letter:
To our most cherished Partners, Sponsors, Contributors and Volunteers and Friends,
As we begin the Fall 2014 Newburgh Loaves and Fishes campaign for this Thanksgiving
holiday we are requesting that everyone please help to get the word out that an increase in
need in the form of both monetary and food donations along with your help is needed
to make this year’s event a success.
When Newburgh Loaves and Fishes started in 1988,
100 families were served. Last year’s event in November of 2013 over 1300 families were served
and an estimated 5200 people with the food necessary to prepare a Thanksgiving meal at home.
Unfortunately in 2014 we expect this number to further increase and are truly in deeper need as ever
of your support this year. With food costs rising we anticipate that to supply a family this year will
exceed $30 per family.
This year we are hoping for and would appreciate your support earlier
than the week of Thanksgiving, so that we can make sure that we have enough for the Tuesday, November 25th distribution. Of course our major partners and supporters we know will be delivering food on Monday the 24th, but we need to know beforehand what you believe your organization will be able to deliver on that day.
So many of you have been so generous with your support and we wish to once again thank you
for your prior years support and hope we can count on it again this year. If you could be so kind as
to start collecting some of the needed food items and email us at NewburghLoavesandFishes@yahoo.com or call us at 845-401-8154 we will gladly arrange for the gathering of the items so we can be assured that we have enough of the needed foods before the week for our distribution.
Please remember that we are looking for sizes that can be used by a family of multiple numbers of people. We are looking for gravy in a 12 oz bottle or can or package, cranberry sauce in the 14 oz size can, boxed stuffing 6 oz, canned fruit 15 oz, instant potatoes, canned yams, 2 cans of vegetables in the 15 oz size, 1 pound bag of rice and a 15 oz can of beans.
Any or all of these items would be appreciated.