Uncertainty remains for many of our Northland neighbors. Will our region’s employers return to full operation? Will they be able to call back all of their employees? At a recent food distribution, Ed told us he’s unsure about his return to work. “I don’t know, maybe a month or two months,” he said. “I don’t know what will happen tomorrow.”

In a region already struggling with a high rate of food insecurity, we too are concerned about what lies ahead. In fact, a recent report released by our national affiliate, Feeding America, “The Impact of Coronavirus on Food Insecurity,” shows that food insecurity in NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin could increase by as much as 84%. What’s more, child food insecurity could increase by as much as 96%.

For families like Ed’s, security can be found in the fresh boxes of produce, dairy, and meat we are distributing.

“I just want to say thank you for your help,” said Ed, who also volunteers at the distribution he attends. “These kinds of events just help too many people, so God bless you.”