As many in the state are celebrating the holidays with large meals, there are some who struggle with hunger. According to Anthony Guido of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, 2011 was a tough year for the hungry. His organization has provided 40 million pounds of food to more than 900,000 people this year and Guido predicts 2012 will be even more difficult with the rising cost of food.
The hungry aren’t isolated to one area of the state. When Guido sat down with NJToday’s Mike Schneider, he said even some living in areas typically referred to as affluent counties are struggling with hunger. He added that even some past donors to the Community Food Bank have come on hard times and required assistance. While monetary donations are down, Guido says volunteerism is on the rise.