Maintaining a sufficient food supply at a time of a global crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic can be a challenge considering a lot of people are have experienced unemployment. And to compound things further, the government is also setting limitations to the crossing of food supplies to certain US states in the hope of stopping the spread of the dreaded disease.
And the issue doesn’t stop there as food banks have reported an increase in demand for food while donations are also reducing (up to 70%) due to financial difficulties that most of us are facing today.
Still, it doesn’t discourage food banks like Second Harvest from continuing their mission of combating hunger as brought by the current health crisis. And during this difficult time, it is important for those in need to know what help they can receive, how they can get help, and when they can expect help from Second Harvest.
So we invite you to read further as we are going to discuss how Second Harvest Food Bank fights hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic in today’s post.
Where Does Second Harvest Get Their Supply Of Food At The Time Of Health Crisis?
Second Harvest is striving to continue its normal daily operations as normal as possible. And they work closely with their network partners so they’ll be able to respond to the additional food insecurity due to the current health pandemic.
Aside from that, they are also prepared to engage in relief operations for any natural disaster that might hit the United States at the time of the coronavirus outbreak.
Who Needs Help?
Second Harvest aims to provide food and nourishment to these groups of people:
- Senior individuals who are highly at risk of contracting COVID-19.
- Children who belong in low-income communities who were not able to eat due to the closure of schools.
- Workers who were laid off and those belonging to the tourist, hospitality, and service industries that were greatly affected by low consumer turnout.
- Low-income families who can’t afford to stock on food supplies.
- Those who are greatly affected by hunger even before the start of the global pandemic.
Where To Find The Mobile Pantries?
Second Harvest mobile pantries are located in different areas all around the country. In fact, you can now find them in Tennessee, Missouri, California, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Central Florida, etc.
And if in case you can’t leave home because you’re either quarantined or residing in a high-risk area, you can call the nearest food bank and get more information on how they can provide food so your friend or family member can get it for you.
What Steps Does The Food Bank Do To Prevent The Spread Of COVID-19?
Since the distribution of free food involves close interaction with other individuals, Second Harvest Food Bank is also making these voluntary steps to ensure the safety of everybody (both the volunteers and recipients) from the novel coronavirus:
- Providing disposable gloves to all the volunteers handling and distributing food in warehouses and mobile pantries.
- Providing hand sanitizers throughout the facilities and warehouses.
- Increased visibility of restrooms and handwashing stations.
- Advising people to refrain from touching their mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands.
- Advising people to maintain their distance from those who are sick.
- Advising volunteers and staff to stay at home if they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or are in direct contact with infected individuals.
- Practice proper disposal of used tissues.
- Wearing face masks at all times.
- Using tissue or the inside of the elbow to cover sneezes and coughs.
- Proper disinfection of facilities and warehouses.
How Can Others Help?
For those people who still have something to spare, you can choose to donate in cash or kind.
Donating money to Second Harvest is still the best way for those who are hungry. And the reason for this is it allows the food bank to allocate resources accordingly as to when and where they are needed.
On the other hand, you can also choose to donate food. Just make sure to contact Second Harvest ahead so you will know the kinds of food which are specifically requested to be donated.
Or if you don’t have the means but still want to help fight hunger, you can share the information about the Second Harvest food distribution to neighbors, friends, and families in need.
Overall, these are the things that Second Harvest Food Bank along with concerned people to fight hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic.