Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina has seen a spike in requests for food assistance.
Many community members and organizations are stepping up to address this need, like the Rev. Dr. Dara Cobb Lewis, director of The Devoted Life.
“Serving my community has been important to me as long as I can remember,” Cobb Lewis said.
The organization is holding a virtual food drive for the food bank in efforts to help relieve the burden that many struggling families are facing.
“Seeing the extremely long lines and hearing the stories of neighbors struggling with food insecurity spurred me to begin this virtual food drive,” Cobb Lewis said. “The Devoted Life cares for the spiritual and mental health of individuals, couples, families and congregations.”
Within the next 30 days, Second Harvest will be packing tens of thousands of food boxes that will be distributed by over 800 agencies to families in need across 24 counties.
For the past 15 years, WSOC-TV and Second Harvest have partnered to end area hunger through the 9 Food Drive. One unforeseen effect of the coronavirus has been significant changes to how food donations can be collected and distributed.
This year, the 9 Food Drive campaign is transitioning to a virtual food drive and will only accept online monetary donations. Funds donated will help the food bank purchase staple grocery items to continue packing food boxes.
These boxes will help feed families whose children are missing school meals, seniors being asked to stay safely in their homes, those in need of food who are quarantined, and employees in our community being affected by decreases in work hours. The number of struggling families continues to increase, along with their need for food.
Second Harvest has a donation program in place with different levels of giving. Donors can equate their monetary donation to what can be supplied by the food bank.
Here are some of the giving levels:
- Donating $7 will help provide a food backpack for children missing school meals.
- Donating $13 will help provide a food box of 12 to 13 healthy staple items.
- Donating $25 will help provide a seven-day nutritionally balanced food box.
Food boxes are filled with a variety of items such as peanut butter, cereal, fruit and vegetables. Each box varies, depending on what items the food bank can purchase.
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