A food pantry’s closure means more than lost meals for hundreds of families

A food pantry’s closure means more than lost meals for hundreds of families

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“Right now I’d say nonprofits are facing a confluence of crises,” said Tim Delaney, the president and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits. “We’re out here fighting, trying to find some balance with increasing demand, rising costs, and declining donations — holy cow! It’s too much for a system to bare.”

“All these things threaten the ability of nonprofits to serve people in their local communities,” Delaney said. “Policymakers at all levels of government are just assuming nonprofits make it work, but we can’t. God Almighty, we try, but at a certain point, the laws of economics take over.”

Before seeing an increase in demand, food banks, as well as other human service nonprofits — such as homeless shelters, drug and alcohol services and others — were already on rocky footing, according to the National Council of Nonprofits’s Delaney.

“All the data shows pre-covid a lot of nonprofits had not recovered from the Great Recession,” he said. “Demand for services was up before the pandemic in three-fourths of the states. So we went into covid with a sector that was already strained and overburdened.”

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