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CAMBA Kicks Off Annual Fall Food and fund Drive



CAMBA’s annual fall Where You Canned Food Drive kicked off today to collect food for the more than 52,000 hungry Brooklyn men, women and children who depend on the pantry to put food on their tables this year.

“More than half a million Brooklyn families live in poverty,” said Joanne M. Oplustil, CAMBA’s Executive Director. “This winter, they will be making desperate choices as they struggle to stretch budgets that are too small to meet all of their needs. Too often, families sacrifice food to pay for rent, heat or other necessities.”

“In America’s most progressive city in the world’s wealthiest nation, even one person going hungry is unacceptable,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, who is participating in the drive and collecting food at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

Borough President Markowitz added: “Even those who have access to food are just a paycheck away from hunger during these challenging financial times, so bravo to CAMBA . . . for their hard work combating a problem that affects too many Brooklynites. With each item donated, we get a step closer to making sure no family is forced to ask the unimaginably difficult question: can we afford to put food on the table?”