Hunger Is A Bigger Problem Than Ever In Minnesota
I find it pretty sad that, in the greatest country on the planet, some people just don't have enough to eat. This pandemic certainly hasn't helped the situation. people are out of work, virtual learning kids aren't getting school lunches, etc. For whatever reason, 1 in 12 people in Minnesota aren't getting enough to eat. This is very sad.
"The desperation really has, has sunk in," said Allison O'Toole, CEO of the Second Harvest Heartland food bank.
Food banks are gearing up for at least another record year in demand for food through 2021 according to O'Toole and Cathy Maes from Loaves and Fishes Minnesota.
"We had predicted to serve maybe 1.5 million meals this year," said Maes. "Last year it was 1.3 million. We're now on par for someplace around 3.5 to 4 million meals."
"I'll give you just sort of a day-to-day example," said O'Toole. "A year ago at this time, we were distributing about 150,000 pounds of food a day from our warehouse. And a couple weeks ago, we were double that. This week we're a little less than that. But it's just numbers that are off the charts."
Both women say the best way you can help is to donate to your local food bank. These people can make a dollar go a long way.
Don't be too proud. if you, your family or neighbor need assistance don't be afraid to reach out to a local food bank. Many have programs that can get you through a tough patch. These people are there to help.
No one should go hungry in this country, ever.