Dear Food Rescue US Friends:
As important participants in the work of Food Rescue US, I want to thank you for your commitment to helping to end hunger and food waste. Together we are making a real difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need while protecting our environment.
During this time of great concern for the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), your personal safety is of utmost importance to us. We encourage you to follow the CDC guidelines to protect yourself, which can be viewed directly here.
During this time of uncertainty, the need to get food to the food insecure increases and in many cases dramatically. As some organizations that feed people in need close their doors, where will these people find food? As schools that feed children two and sometimes three meals a day close for an undetermined length of time, where will these children be fed? As many employers are cutting back or closing, many employees are uncertain of their ability to earn their wages, how will they afford to buy food?
One of our social service agencies said it best:
“The ripple effect of this virus is vast. Sadly, our clients are going to be some of the hardest hit financially and in so many other ways. No work means no pay. No school means no free breakfast and lunch for the children. The family food budget will then be busted meaning families go hungry. There will be no donations of food to us and empty food pantry shelves. No school and no computer at home means no distance learning for those who are already left behind.”
Our work is critically important, now more than ever. Whatever you can do to help us continue the delivery of food to the food insecure is greatly appreciated during this time of urgent need. Also, your site director will stay in touch with you if there are changes to the food rescue schedule in your community.