Michalec said if cash is tight, he will consider temporarily reducing pickups of furniture that the food bank gives away.

"I would have to cut down on my fuel," he said.

Jennifer Hudson of Ellicott City was among those Tuesday bringing home Thanksgiving dinner food that the Howard County Food Bank supplied.

A medical records technician and mother of two, she stopped working in 2009 because of chronic health problems, she said.

"My husband has been the breadwinner of the family, but currently he is unemployed, and he has been for most of the past year," she said.

The recession dried up much of his home improvement work, she said.

The Food Link, which isn't a food bank but instead works to obtain surplus food along with other foods and products to distribute to agencies in Anne Arundel County and a few Eastern Shore counties, is looking at the prospect of a fifth year in which its every-Friday produce distribution may have to start off year on a monthly basis.

"If I don't get funding for the entire year, we will decide for January, February and March to do only the last Friday of the month," said Executive Director Cathy Holstrom-Bird. "Right now, it's tenuous."

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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