Food banks brace for a new surge in demand amid pandemic unemployment
GEORGETOWN, Del. – With the extra 600 dollars CARES Act unemployment benefit no longer available, the Food Bank of Delaware says they’re bracing for a new surge in demand.
According to the organization’s Communications Director Kim Turner, they’ve seen an uptick at their food pantry in Milford.
The group also served about 800 people today at their drive-thru distribution event in Georgetown, which they say is an increase from their last distribution event in June.
According to Turner, the Food Bank of Delaware has already distributed more than 7 million pounds of food so far this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Fortunately, the community has been incredibly generous to us,” said Turner.
“Our supplies of food and monetary donations are okay right now, so we are prepared to meet increases in demand,” said Turner, “So we just hope that people will continue to keep the Food Bank in mind.”
The Food Bank of Delaware says they are hopeful that government officials will provide more financial assistance in the future for the thousands of Delawareans who are food insecure.