Across Marion and Polk counties, the need for food assistance is increasing.
Many food pantries are seeing between 30% and 60% increases in families needing assistance, with some seeing as high as a 90% increase. We expect the need for food assistance to grow as this crisis continues. Most food pantries in Marion and Polk counties are staying open to serve their neighbors. They are changing distribution methods to keep people safe, with adjustments like serving pre-packed food boxes, delivering to cars, serving in parking lots, and implementing other social distancing practices.
More Seniors need Meals on Wheels
New client sign-ups at Meals on Wheels are coming in at four times the regular rate. Thankfully, more than 150 people have volunteered and attended training to be new drivers. Drivers are knocking on doors, making visual contact, and then leaving meals outside to minimize the risk for everyone, but they’re still delivering about 650 meals each day.