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COVID-19

COVID-19

Our Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Even as our region begins to reopen, uncertainty remains. For those already suffering from food insecurity, COVID-19 added another layer of difficulty and uncertainty. Our Northland neighbors are struggling with critical questions, such as:

  • Will my employer fully recover? Will my schedule return to normal?
  • Will my investments return and how soon?
  • What if cases increase? What if I or a family member becomes ill?

We remain committed to innovating and safely distributing food and delivering our programs, no matter what lies ahead.

What We’re Doing

  • Delivering more food to meet the growth in demand—a 15% increase in recent months
  • Working closely with Feeding America, other national food banks, public health, state departments, lawmakers, and others to implement our best response to this ever-changing public health impact
  • Distributing fresh and non-perishable food, including thousands of emergency food boxes, through our region’s food shelves and our own direct service programs to families, children and seniors
  • Sourcing additional food and non-food items to meet our increasing demand
  • Working closely with our network of regional agency partners (food shelves, soup kitchens, shelter, and others) to assess their changing need and ensure our support of their local efforts
  • Implementing distribution methods that reduce person-to-person contact, keeping our employees, volunteers and our neighbors, safe
  • Ensuring the highest standard of hygiene for our facility, our employees, and our volunteers
  • Supporting legislation to increase funding and flexibility for federal nutrition and other emerging hunger-relief programs
  • Distributing 15% more food to our most vulnerable neighbors

How You Can Help

COVID-19 continues to affect our region’s most vulnerable children, families and seniors, and your support remains critical.

How You Can Get Help

For many of our Northland neighbors, our region’s charitable food programs can provide just a little extra help during an otherwise difficult time. In fact, 26% of our recent food shelf visitors have been new—people who have never visited us before.

If you could use help putting food on the table for your family, click here to find food resources nearest you.