Sacramento Charity Tries To Keep Up With Demands During Cool Economy

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Sacramento area homeless shelter and food bank says the economic cool down has it considering staff layoffs. 
Loaves and Fishes is feeling the financial pinch nearly as much as the needy people it serves everyday in Sacramento.
Sister Libby Fernandez says donations during the summer were uneven and that has the charity concerned the trend may continue during the upcoming holidays… 
“This August was one of our worst revenue sources in our entire history at Loaves and Fishes.  We hit a high low of people donating to us.  But, then at the beginning of September it jumped back to the regular amount of donations of giving.  So its about as rocky as the stock market…”
Sister Libby says in a stronger economy, Loaves and Fishes gets enough donations in November and December to carry it through the rest of the year. 
But, she says the low giving record over the summer indicates fewer people have enough to share. 
She says that means the shelter may have to hand out pink slips to some of its 90 employees early next year to make ends meet.