Mass. Red Cross expects record turnout for Thanksgiving meal

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November 22, 2013, 7:29 pm
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(NECN) – The CEO of Red Cross Massachusetts, Jarrett Barrios, joined NECN to discuss the organization’s work to help thousands in need for Thanksgiving.

Over the weekend before Thanksgiving, the Red Cross is expecting a record turnout at their Food Pantry in Boston.

“Huge lines will be there and we have hundreds of volunteers that will be helping,” Barrios said.

Additionally, he added that anyone from the public that wants to volunteer can visit this link: American Red Cross of Massachusetts

Barrios said that since the worst of the recession four years ago, the need for food pantries has only gone up.

“It’s gone up every year for the past 4 years, about 10% to 15% per year. So we are doing about 30% more today, business. Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, will be about 40% bigger than it was four years ago. It hasn’t gotten better for people on the lower side,” Barrios explained.

They also discussed the disconnect between the unemployment rate and the need for help.

Tags: Boston, thanksgiving, massachusetts, red cross, unemployment rate, food pantry, Jarrett Barrios
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