Food Bank of Del. sees busiest week since January of 2021
DELAWARE – One of the prevailing themes of the COVID-19 pandemic is fluctuation and being able to pivot.
That’s something that local food banks have been dealing with, as the needs of those facing food insecurity continue to change. “The number of food insecure Delawareans went up during the early days of the pandemic, when so many people weren’t able to work or had their hours cut tremendously, or were temporarily laid off,” said Director of External Affairs for the Food Bank of Delaware Chad Robinson.
The Food Bank of Delaware tells us that last week was the busiest week they’d had since January of 2021. “While those numbers have balanced out a little bit, we definitely are continuing to see very much increased response from people coming out that need food assistance,” said Robinson.
Robinson says the Food Bank is working diligently to make sure they have enough food to go around. But, they’re also trying to open up conversations within the community, to have a clearer picture of what’s at stake. “The theme of fluctuation is kind of what we have to follow. We have to watch day to day, week to week, for those coming in seeking assistance and what their needs are,” said Robinson. “It’s what we hear from the folks with lived experience and individuals who are living this day to day that is our best indicator or barometer.”
One thing that’s been keeping Food Bank operations going in the most difficult times, is the generosity of Delawareans, according to Robinson. He says people are still turning out in droves to volunteer, and food donations are continuing to roll in steadily. “No matter what tomorrow brings, we’re still going to be here. We intend to make sure that we’re going to be here to meet the needs of the folks that are coming to our doors and coming to our distributions for assistance,” said Robinson.