COVID-19 Response Impact
The impact of COVID-19 is still being felt throughout our 24 county service region in North and South Carolina. During the first 12 months, we encountered enormous increases in need, less donated food and fewer volunteers to help us keep children, seniors, families, veterans and pets fed.
Just as we were beginning to see some improvement in all of our numbers, this new Delta Variant materialized. Now we are starting to see again some of the same issues we encountered during the first 12 months.
It has become clear to all of us at Second Harvest that our work is far from over where this virus is concerned. We need your continued support and help as we navigate this next phase. We thank you for what we have accomplished so far and ask you to stay with us as we work to ensure no one in our region is hungry.
THANKS TO OUR DONORS, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO THE FOLLOWING SINCE COVID-19 BEGAN:
- Distribute over 110 million pounds of food
- Pack over 675,00 boxes filled with nutritionally balanced food
- Serve 67,000 families at our school-based mobile pantries
- Distribute over 65 million pounds of fresh produce, meat, and dairy products
WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP IN FEEDING OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED.
At a drive through mobile pantry one of our staff members helped Scott, a disabled veteran. Scott’s wife had just received a pacemaker. The couple often watches and cooks for their five grandchildren while their parents are at work. "The price of food is going up and with everything going on, we're barricaded in our house trying to make ends meet", Scott said.
Scott has attended a few of our drive-through mobile pantries during the pandemic and spoke to us about how incredible it was to have our Food Bank to lean on during this time, to help feed his family. He said he really did not know what he would have done if the resources were not available the times he has needed help.