Economic Crisis taking a toll on area charities - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Economic Crisis taking a toll on area charities

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The economic crisis is taking a toll on some area charities, as some groups wanting to help the hungry may need help themselves.

Wednesday, representatives at the Memphis Union Mission said they dished out several thousand more meals this year compared with last year. Meanwhile, food donations are down.

Out of the nearly 1,100 meals the Union Mission Prepares over the course of a year, Thanksgiving is the big one. It is also the one that provided a big challenge this year.
"Last year we had 50 turkeys donated. This year we had eight," kitchen manager Michael Kyle said.

The Mission had to purchase 12 additional turkeys.

"This year we had to buy all our meats," Kyle said. "We're not getting as many canned goods, non-perishables."

Fortunately, representatives of the Mission said they are not seeing a drop in monetary donations.

"As the economy worsens people tend to be more empathic with those in need. Because our donors have really stepped up over the past few months and been really generous," Steve Carpenter of the Memphis Union Mission said.

Despite the drop in food donations, the Memphis Union Mission managed to get together a Thanksgiving feast anyway.

"All by the grace of God. We have not decreased or the quality of the food has not decreased at all," Carpenter said.

The Memphis Union Mission gets its food from the Food Bank.

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