DELAWARE – One of the dominant themes of the COVID-19 pandemic is fluctuation and the ability to pivot.
This is something that local food banks have had to deal with, as the needs of people facing food insecurity continue to evolve. “The number of food-insecure Delawares increased at the start of the pandemic, when so many people were unable to work or had their hours significantly reduced, or were temporarily laid off,” said the director of external affairs at the food bank. of Delaware Chad Robinson.
The Delaware Food Bank tells us that last week was the busiest week since January 2021. “While these numbers have balanced out a bit, we are certainly continuing to see a very increased response from people who have it. need. food aid,” Robinson said.
Robinson says the food bank is working diligently to make sure they have enough food for everyone. But, they’re also trying to open up conversations within the community, to get a clearer picture of what’s at stake. “The theme of fluctuation is kind of what we have to follow. We have to monitor day by day, week by week, who is coming for help and what their needs are,” Robinson said. “It’s what we hear from people with lived experience and people who live this day to day that is our best indicator or barometer.”
According to Robinson, one thing that has kept food bank operations going through the toughest times is the generosity of Delawarens. He says people are still turning out in droves to volunteer and food donations continue to come in steadily. “No matter what tomorrow brings, we will always be here. We intend to make sure that we will be there to meet the needs of people who come to our doors and who come to our distributions for help,” Robinson said.