As food banks across the country struggle during the pandemic, a Truist Cares* grant has helped Virginia’s food banks meet the unprecedented demand.
Food banks can provide safer access to nutritional meals for older adults who are more isolated and vulnerable to COVID-19.
“We have seen, every week, about 30% more people coming for food assistance across our agency network,” says Eddie Oliver, executive director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, which is composed of seven regional Feeding America food banks across the state. “Some parts of the state, like northern Virginia, have seen 200% or 300% increases in people coming through their pantry lines.”
Before COVID-19, about 1 out of every 9 Americans† — more than 37 million people — were food insecure, and that number has been increasing. According to Feeding America, up to an additional 447,000 Virginians may experience food insecurity this year due to the pandemic, bringing the state’s total to 1.3 million people.
That’s far more than we have seen in recent memory of folks who have to worry about where their next meal is coming from,” says Oliver. “The Capital Area Food Bank in Lorton, Virginia, purchased 100 truckloads of food in April, which is three times more food than they had to purchase in the entire year of 2019. That just really hits home, the degree of need we’re seeing.”
*About Truist Cares: Truist Cares is a cooperative effort between Truist Financial Corporation, Truist Foundation, Inc., and Truist Charitable Fund to provide communities, organizations and individuals disaster relief and assistance during the COVID-19 crisis.
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