Over the past few months, we have seen the impact of the coronavirus on our community.
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, businesses have closed and individuals and families have sheltered in place. Schools have offered digital learning for students and adults are working remotely. We have all adjusted to new practices in our personal and professional lives according to CDC and MDH guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As a result of these changes, many people in our community are faced with food insecurity.
According to the Feeding America network of food banks, the number of individuals and families that are either facing food insecurity or at risk of becoming food insecure has grown. The Feeding America network is responding to the crisis as it unfolds, while reporting increased demand for charitable food assistance. North County Food Bank is a member of the Feeding America Network of Food Banks serving 21 counties, including Douglas and Pope counties. United Way works with North Country Food Bank to purchase food to address hunger in our community through United Way food drops and the United Way Backpack Attack program.