the needy


: poor people
Our church collected food for the needy.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But the shutdown and ongoing efforts to fight fraud had a cost, too: More employees were assigned to fraud prevention, delaying payments to the needy, especially those with more complicated employment histories. Ope Adetayo, Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2022 Suppose someone wants to have a bunch of groceries transported over to a place that takes extra food for the needy. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 25 July 2022 In commemorating the story of Abraham, Muslims practice the act of Udhiya (or Qurbani), which involves a sacrifice and distributing meat to the needy and family members. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, 7 July 2022 The pastor noted that like many places of worship, his church’s landmark building on South Temple regularly opens its spaces for community groups and other activities while congregants also extend services and outreach to the needy. The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Apr. 2022 Too often, donors are filling the pockets of professional fundraisers rather than helping the needy or a worthy cause. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2021 That embrace came from Susan and Steve Bailey, Airbnb hosts who, like tens of thousands of others, agreed to house refugees as part of the online lodging marketplace’s philanthropic program to provide emergency temporary housing to the needy. Glenn Gamboa,, 8 Dec. 2021 Then, amid the crisis of the pandemic, Romney introduced a kind of community-building plan: a child benefit that would go not just to the needy but to everyone. New York Times, 19 Oct. 2021 About half of its distributions go to Reynosa, and the rest is kept for the needy in Hidalgo, where a third of the population lives in poverty. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, 9 July 2021 See More

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“The needy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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