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Second Harvest North Central Food Bank

Web posted March 24, 2020
As I follow the news and receive updates on COVID-19, I’m thinking about the thousands of people being served by food shelves and soup kitchens, people who don’t have the ability to “stockup” and prepare for  this virus due to a lack of resources. At Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, our number one job is to get food to hungry people throughout north central Minnesota. It is important for us to identify and plan for ways in which our region may be impacted in the coming weeks and months due to COVID-19 and how the food bank will respond.

We will do everything in our power to continue to provide food to hungry people throughout our region. That is why we are:
• Producing emergency food packages for food shelf participants in case they are unable to leave their homes to get food

• We're working closely with Feeding America, other national food banks, public health, state departments, school districts, lawmakers, and others to determine our best response to this ever-changing public health impact

• We’re working to source additional food and non-food items, ahead of what’s likely to be an increase in demand

• We’re checking in with our network of regional agency partners (food shelves, soup kitchens, shelter, and others) to assess their need and learn how we can best support their local efforts

• We’re implementing distribution methods that will reduce person-to-person contact, keeping our employees, volunteers and our neighbors, safe

• We’re advocating for legislation to increase funding and provide flexibility to federal nutrition programs – especially the school lunch program

• We’re ensuring the highest standard of hygiene for our facility, our employees, and our volunteers

What you can do to help:
• Many of our volunteers are elderly. For their safety, we have asked them to remain at home. If you are healthy, please volunteer

• Your support is critical to our response, please make a gift to assist our most vulnerable neighbors

• If you are ill stay home and help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Thank you in advance for your support at such a critical time.

Susan Estee, Executive Director Second Harvest North Central Food Bank

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