Food banks pivot to meet COVID-19 challenge
Food banks across the country are struggling to meet the huge increase in demand triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, with many changing the way they operate to better serve their communities.
long lines in the Lone Star State. Theo, Texas Air National Guard, called in to help distribute boxes to thousands of families at this drive thru food bank. It's very overwhelming to see the level of me. And with that need Onley expected to continue, food banks are increasingly bringing in reinforcements and Piven e. Finding innovative ways to meet unprecedented demand. Prior to the pandemic feeding South, Florida was serving about 700,000 food insecure families. Right now we're seeing about 1.3 million on that number is holding steady. Unfortunately, the organization recently opened a 5000 square foot community kitchen, and it's hiring chefs and using culinary students to cook the raw ingredients it receives, prolonging their shelf life and eliminating waste. This will enable us to take full trailer loads of apples, for example, instead of just distributing them to, families will be able to turn them into applesauce, will be able to dehydrate them and turn them into apple chips. They will also host virtual cooking classes to help clients make the most of donations. This is a typical food box for our families in L. A. The reach for the top project places community refrigerators in hard hit neighborhoods. People take what they need, no questions asked. There's anonymity, and there's basically the ability to just walk up, grab food and communities, extending lifelines to families, continuing to face food insecurity with no end in sight. Sarah Doll If NBC News