Yes, this lingering health crisis is significantly limiting our ability to pack meals with local groups and businesses. Unfortunately, one thing we have an abundance of is need. Local food shelves and vulnerable families in our communities struggle to keep healthy food on their shelves, especially during the pandemic. However, another thing that IS NOT in short supply is our community’s generosity – especially our local business community.
Times are tough. There’s simply no way around that truth.
A silent killer forces distance to our lives when what we crave most is closeness. Voices of inequality rise above our streets. Families try to adjust to a new normal that is anything but normal.
The truth is, people are scared.
The truth is, people are angry.
The truth is, people are hungry.
The truth is, we don’t know how long our lives will be like this.
Our normal day-to-day meal-packing is obviously on hold for the time being, but the staff and volunteers at Meals From The Heart are still working to help keep our local food shelves stocked.
The need for healthy food is on the rise, so is the desire to work together to help our neighbors. Until we can again gather to pack meals, here are a few things we’re doing to keep up the good fight against hunger during the coronavirus crisis?
This health pandemic is taking a devastating toll on our senior population. We all know that our seniors are the age group most at risk when exposed to the coronavirus. But, many seniors, especially those in poverty or on a fixed income, suffer the effects of the health crisis without ever being exposed to the disease.
According to a 2020 report using 2018 data, 5.3 million seniors in the United States were food insecure. Those people are even more vulnerable during the pandemic.
While this pandemic continues its dreadful grasp, the hope of us getting back to our “normal” lives any time soon is almost unimaginable. As the effects of the pandemic linger into the summer months, for many of us our “new normal” means rethinking vacation plans, eating out less, working from home, and missing out on summer concerts and festivals.