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Explanation: I would agree with "those in need" in context - althçough we don't have much detail, it has to be said!
Destitute is pretty derogatory in UK English. Whilst it does of course exist, "desititute" really suggests the end of the line, "poor and needy" is used but has overtones of insensitivity (superiority) if you're want to avoid socio-political gaffes. "Those in need" avoids all of these problems and is commonly used nowadays by press and others.