With the coronavirus ravaging entire industries and putting many hourly wage workers out of a paycheck, more folks are going hungry in America and around the world. Consider donating to one of these food banks or anti-hunger non-profit organizations as we deal with the spread of COVID-19.
If you’re set up at home with enough food, booze, and Netflix to see you through 2021, then you might be wondering how you can help those who aren’t in such good shape. Service workers who rely on tips, and freelancers who need projects and steady consumer spending to survive, are having yet another rough month. So, yes, definitely check in with your bartender or photographer friend and consider sending them a meal or bottle of wine. Or if you don’t know anyone who needs your help right now, buy a gift card from one of your local bars or restaurants to use when they reopen, helping them stay afloat, combat losses, and pay staff.
according to Feeding America. Now, many hourly workers from Texas to Idaho, who were already on the bubble have been sent into full-on food insecurity and food banks have been stretched to even thinner margins than usual.Pronounced hunger has also become a bigger issue in 2020—a direct result of the American economy shuttering and the millions of layoffs that followed. Even before the outbreak and subsequent impact of the spread of COVID-19, one in seven people in the U.S. were considered food insecure,
If you yourself need help, you can find food assistance in some of the biggest and hardest-hit U.S. cities. Or visit foodpantries.org to easily find a food pantry in your region. If you’re currently food secure but want to help others, volunteering in person at a food pantry may not currently be a safe option, but now is as good a time as ever to donate to a local or national food bank or soup kitchen. Here are a few around the country to support during these tough times.
One of the largest food networks of food banks in the U.S., this national organization has arms in every state of the country and wherever food insecurity exists. Feeding America has already established a COVID-19 Response Fund to help food banks across the country as they support communities impacted by the pandemic.
Unlike others on this list, UNICEF works on global hunger—most notably helping to feed children in need. It’s likely no surprise that there are many countries with much more food insecurity than the U.S., so if you’d like to contribute to help fight world hunger during the pandemic, UNICEF is a good great to support.
Chef José Andrés has been truly tireless in his effort to feed hungry mouths wherever a crisis hits. The recent outbreak of COVID-19 is no exception, and WCK has been on the front lines delivering food to folks affected, including those trapped and quarantined on cruise ships.
California has more people than any state, and that includes plenty of folks on the hunger bubble. The website, which helps aggregate and manage information about the many food banks throughout the state, allows you to find a local food bank and make a direct donation.
Washington has been the state hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis thus far. If you’d like to help in their fight against local hunger and food security, make a donation to the All Faiths Food Bank based in Washington.
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City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue operation. Considering New York has more people and hourly wage workers than any other city in the U.S., this would be a good time to inject some capital into a local NYC food bank.
In It Together NYC is another organization that will help match you with an NYC food bank and explain how you can best get involved in your neighborhood.
Header image courtesy of World Central Kitchen.