Long lines are forming in front of Food Banks across the country according to an article published by The Hill on November 24th. The article reports;
“Food bank officials in Dallas, Texas, have also noticed a staggering increase in demand for food assistance. North Texas Food Bank representatives told the Dallas Morning News that they handed out roughly 8,500 meals to local families during a giveaway on Saturday that in years past has seen fewer than 1,000 show up for donations.”
This means that more and more people are facing food insecurity and are in dire need of assistance. That being said, apart from affecting individuals themselves, Covid is also changing how charities interact with their beneficiaries. A non-profit serving homeless people in Dallas has drastically altered their plans for the year in light of the pandemic according to an NBC 5 DFW article published on November 24th. The artice reports;
“For the first time in years, a nonprofit that helps the homeless in Dallas will not serve a meal on Thanksgiving Day. The coronavirus pandemic has altered plans. They come to OurCalling near downtown Dallas because they’ve been here before or because they don’t know where else to go. The pandemic is bringing more clients to the doors of the nonprofit.”
Charities now have a whole new slew of issues to deal with from an increase in people to care for, to abiding by CDC and local health guidelines. These make charitable endeavors more challenging.