Between the two agencies, people will be taking home turkeys, hams and sides including stuffing, mac and cheese, and green bean casseroles. These are just two of the agencies that are distributing food leading up to the Thanksgiving season.
“We’re really trying to make sure [families] have the stuff they need to make sure they can have that Thanksgiving experience at home,” Baker said.
Both agencies have expanded their delivery services during the pandemic to ensure people can receive their services in the way that’s healthiest for them, a move that can be costly. But regardless of the public health crisis, both nonprofits expect to see people using their services for some time.
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“Even as things start to ‘go back to normal,’ it’s going to take families months, if not a year, to start rebuilding their savings and getting back on their feet after having months of interrupted pay,” Henderson said.
The center hasn’t been able to host its usual two large food drives because of the pandemic through the National Association of Letter Carrier food drive nor the Stuff the Bus food drive. Instead, the center is asking for financial donations during the pandemic to help buy the food they distribute and help cover the cost of delivering it to people in need.
“A one-dollar donation helps provide five meals to people in need,” Henderson said. “A little bit can go a long way.”