COVID-19 Concerns Raise Demand Of Lincoln Food Bank

COVID-19 Concerns Raise Demand Of Lincoln Food Bank

It is not business as usual at the Lincoln Food Bank.

“We’ve asked volunteers to stay away and so we have staff doing distribution-like activities,” Scott Young, executive director of the Lincoln Food Bank tells KLIN News.

Young explained that the Lincoln Food Bank serves 16-counties in Southeast Nebraska and rural areas are especially hard-hit.

“There are not as many agencies to help folks who are losing their jobs and hours in small communities.  We’ve seen a dramatic increase in need at our mobile locations.”

Especially hard hit are service workers who are experiencing loss.

“We think about the people ousted from their jobs.  People are getting laid off.  People are working fewer hours.  All of the service industries, the retail industries and the food outlets.”

Young says the Food Bank expects demand to increase.

“We are bracing ourselves for a significant and noticeable increase in need at our mobile distribution centers.”

For those wishing to support the Food Bank efforts, Young said monetary donations are the most helpful right now.