On Monday the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank sent out an urgent call for volunteers:
"Volunteer in the Warehouse
More than a third of our March volunteers have cancelled — that is 1,500 volunteers who have cancelled. We need help! To protect the health of our volunteers, and staff, we are increasing cleaning and making hand sanitizer available throughout the warehouse. Volunteers wear gloves (as always), and we ask that they keep a reasonable distance from one another and practice the suggested CDC personal safety routines. If you are healthy and able, please sign up for a volunteer shift."
Yesterday at a meeting in Salinas regarding food insecurity, the Food Bank for Monterey Country said that it is expecting a surge of 50% increased demand for food distributions due to layoffs in the hospitality industry. This is happening at the same time that food bank volunteers have diminished and food recoveries from restaurants are dwindling.
If you are healthy and able to do so, please sign up for a shift at your local food bank. Cash donations are also always welcome.
More info about the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on emergency food channels in California:
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