OFFICIAL RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
The safety precautions rightly enacted to curtail spreading the Coronavirus create special needs for the hungry, including food insecure children who are unable to attend school. Second Harvest Food Bank has enacted a plan to continue and expand our services as the needs and demand for food goes up.
STUDENT MEAL PLANS
We are working closely with each school district to determine the number of students who need meal boxes and how to distribute those meal boxes. We expect to provide school age children in up to 10,000 households with a daily breakfast and lunch meal.
UPDATES TO SERVICE
We don’t yet know how things will develop, but for now, to ensure the safety of our clients, volunteers and staff, we have changed how we are distributing food in Clark, Champaign and Logan Counties.
DRIVE-THRU PANTRY AVAILABLE
We have established a drive through distribution process at the Second Harvest Food Bank Pantry on Columbia St. We will announce the distribution dates on Facebook.
MOBILE PANTRY UPDATES
We will change the distribution of food at our mobile pantries based on the activity level of the site. Staff will deliver pre-made boxes to client’s cars or staff will regulate the lines to serve 5-10 households at a time. We will only take names and head counts.
SENIOR FOOD DELIVERIES
We will give seniors additional food in their monthly delivery of boxed food. The monthly delivery service will continue.
OUR DISTRIBUTION PARTNERS
We asked our soup kitchen and hot meal site distribution partners to provide their clients with boxed meals to take and eat in their own homes.
We asked our pantry distribution partners to provide clients with pre-boxed food and to remain open if it is safe to do so.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Many more volunteers are needed to help pack and distribute food. Volunteer opportunities and distribution are listed on the websites of United Way of Clark, Champaign, and Logan County. Information is also available through the United Way 211 programs Students age 16 and older can volunteer.
Please consider a financial donation. It is possible that Second Harvest and its distribution partners will face increased demand as people lose income. Many of our clients have limited resources to withstand an extended crisis. We care about serving every person, family, and household that needs help.
Donations can be made online at:
Or mailed to:
Second Harvest Food Bank of Clark, Champaign and Logan Counties
20 N. Murray St.
Springfield, OH 45503
If you have questions please contact Tyra Jackson at 937-325-8715 ext. 112.