Unprecedented Times Call for Bold Responses
As of Friday, March 22 at 5:00 pm, Just Food distributed over 40,000 lbs of food to our community - double our normal distribution.
Last week I updated you on our plans to address the needs of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Monday, March 16th Just Food switched to a curbside distribution model to encourage social distancing while still providing food for the thousands in need in our community.
I am happy to report that these changes have been effective and as a result, we have been able to provide food to thousands in just under a week. Not only have we provided food to our partner agencies including Bert Nash, The Willow, Lawrence Community Shelter, and Family Promise, we also have taken our mobile pantry out to communities like North Lawrence, Baldwin City, and Lecompton as well as home deliveries in partnership with Van Go and the Senior Resource Center.
This week, Just Food's curbside distribution served 1,217 households totaling 2,423 unique individuals. Unfortunately, we know that this is only the beginning of the need in our community. Of the households we served this week, 59% never have used our services before and 14% were senior citizens, our community's most vulnerable population right now. Each of these families was able to take home a two-week supply of food that included pantry staples, fresh produce, and dairy items.
Next week we will continue our mobile distribution. Families will be able to drive through our facility Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday between 12:00-5:00 pm to pick up two weeks' worth of groceries. This is made possible because of you.
We still need your financial support so we can continue purchasing food to keep up with increasing demand as thousands are laid off and children are home.If you have donated already, I am so deeply grateful. Thank you. If you have the means to donate right now, we would be so grateful for your support now more than ever.
Be well and thank you,