COVID-19's Effect on Food Banks
Amidst COVID-19, grocery stores are often depleted by consumer demand, and don’t have much left to donate to local food banks. One Nebraska food bank, Food Bank for the Heartland, reportedly spent ten times their monthly budget on buying supplementary food, due to the sharp decrease in donations, and increase in need. Another challenge is operating with less volunteers, in order to socially distance properly in order to slow the spread. Many food bank volunteers are senior citizens, and are at higher risk of contracting the virus, so many choose to stay home. Feeding San Diego saw an almost 50% increase in demand at distribution locations. Many are experiencing food insecurity for the first time.