Feeding the Valley Food Bank seeing increased demand amid pandemic

Feeding the Valley Food Bank seeing increased demand amid pandemic
Feeding the Valley Food Bank seeing increased demand amid pandemic (Source: WTVM)

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Feeding the Valley Food Bank is one of many food pantries that’s been feeling the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Leaders said they’ve seen a 53 percent increase in a need for their services and are noticing new faces at their distribution sites. Many of which are affected by furloughs and layoffs directly tired to COVID-19.

To help meet the demand for food, local organizations have been helping Feeding the Valley collect more items to distribute.

“Typically, we feed about 10,000 families a month,” said Frank Sheppard, president and CEO of Feeding the Valley. “During the COVID-19 crisis, we’re doing 24,000 families a month. That’s why the food supply is needed and we appreciate that help.”

Anyone who would like to help with the need for more food supplies, drive-thru food drive will be held Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the lodge offices at 6501 Veterans Parkway. They’re asking for no-perishable items such as canned meats, vegetables, peanut butter, beans, and more.

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