The Food Bank is committed to serving those in need, and we’re very thankful for the trust that’s placed in us – by our donors, our volunteers, by our Partner Agencies. We could never do this important work alone. Below are just some of the ways we’re working to safely get food out into the community throughout COVID-19.
Because of the devastating impact of COVID-19, the Food Bank has seen a staggering increase of approximately 38% in need over the last year, in the 34 counties we serve. This means that approximately 200,000 MORE people didn't always know where their next meal would come from. In all, more than 750,000 seniors, children, and families were at risk of food insecurity.
Since March of 2020, the Food Bank distributed nearly 159 million pounds of food. This equates to more than 132 million meals. It took an incredible number of resources, support, and partnership to get this done. We’re consistently distributing more food to people in need each month this fiscal year as compared to last. Since the beginning of COVID-19, the Food Bank has spent about 8 times our standard budget in food purchases, to ensure the amount of food going out to the community can remain consistent and increase as we’re able to meet the need of our friends and neighbors.