“Before COVID, we had the food bank set up as a grocery store shopping model and our clients could come in and pick whatever they wanted. Now, we’ve had to switch to a hamper model where we pack up hampers for the clients while they line up outside to receive them.
The hardest thing about this setup is that I don’t get to interact with our clients at all. We can only have one volunteer handing out the hampers, and even then, it’s a short exchange of information before the client has to leave.
We also get a lot of calls from people who can’t leave their house. In those cases, we’ve been packing a hamper and been delivering it to them directly.
We don’t want anyone going hungry.
Everyone has been on board and ready to support the organization which is way beyond my expectations.
It’s hard to imagine what the food bank will be like post COVID. We want to give our clients the dignity back to pick whatever kind of food they like to eat. It’ll be nice to have a community space where people can interact, as opposed to the impersonal way we have to do things now.”