FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Because of COVID-19, the Group Harvest Meals Financial institution says it has delivered practically four million extra kilos of meals than it could in a traditional yr.
“In earlier years, we produced about 13 million kilos of meals and thru COVID we’ve made about 17 million to this point,” mentioned Carmen Cumberland, CEO of Group Harvest Meals Financial institution. “So we elevated about 40%.”
Group Harvest volunteer Kathy Baldwin mentioned a great way to gauge how a lot the necessity has elevated is by wanting on the meals financial institution strains.
“We had been right here on Saturdays, we began at 7:30 within the morning, and quite a lot of occasions we did not end distributing the meals till 1:30,” Baldwin mentioned. “The longer the strains are, the increasingly more folks have issues and battle to get meals, work and issues like that.
Regardless of the elevated demand, Cumberland mentioned the meals financial institution hasn’t obtained as many donated merchandise or volunteers to assist distribute the meals in comparison with most years.
“Crucial factor was when everybody was stockpiling in shops,” Cumberland mentioned. “Often we get donated items from shops and if the shops did not have it, we weren’t positive if we had been going to have the ability to get it, whether or not it was donated or if we purchased it, it simply would not be obtainable.”
To compensate for this, the meals financial institution had to purchase merchandise to present away.
Cumberland mentioned the shortage of volunteers might be attributed to folks’s concern of contracting the virus as many companies make money working from home.
“Now we have quite a lot of employers who volunteer with us, they’ve folks keep at dwelling now and due to this fact they do not do these sorts of actions or permit their staff to volunteer,” Cumberland mentioned.
Group Harvest is at all times in search of donations of non-perishable meals, resembling peanut butter or canned meat, fruits or greens.
Anybody taken with donating or volunteering can get extra data right here.