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Second Harvest adjusting during COVID-19 pandemic

Updated: April 03, 2020 12:44 PM

As more and more people file for unemployment, many might be worried where their next meal will come from.  Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank says they will be there to offer support, even if it means changing the way they do things.  

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Like many other organizations, Second Harvest is adapting during these trying times.

"We're kind of running at a frantic pace," Shaye Moris, the Executive Director, said.  "Our goal has really been to try and mobilize as many prepacked food boxes as we can."

With COVID-19 concerns, they've had to make adjustments.

"All of our food shelves have changed to a curbside pickup," Moris said.  "It's a very safe, social distancing measure for distributions so people should be really confident that we're taking all precautions and so are our food shelves to make sure that this service remains safe."

There has also been an impact on supplies the organization has had to adjust to. 

"There has been so much overbuying, there's just not surplus for organizations like ours to pick up or benefit from, so we've really seen a lag," Moris said. 

Despite this, she said they'll still be able to offer support. 

"We've had to work with brokers or work with organizations to purchase product and that becomes a little more expensive for us to operate," Moris said.  

As many people remain unemployed without income, Second Harvest is preparing for even more need.

"We're hearing from regional food shelves that they have days where there's demand they're a little overwhelmed by and certainly now with unemployment, we have to believe we're going to be seeing more people who are on that fringe of just now needing food assistance," Moris said.  

Throughout this crisis, they'll continue to be there to offer that support.

"If you're in need, recently unemployed, that's why these resources are available so don't be afraid to seek us out if your family is really having a food shortage," Moris said.  "We're here and we plan to continue to be here."

If you're looking to help during this time, they're looking for healthy volunteers in small numbers.  They say to call food shelves ahead of time to make sure there is the need at the location.

Second Harvest continues to look at how they can help.  If you're homebound and in need of delivery, they can work and find connections to get food to you.

For more information about Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, visit their website. 

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