LAFAYETTE — Now more than ever, people across America and Acadiana are relying on food banks, which in turn is putting a strain on those resources. The Second Harvest Food Bank in Lafayette relies heavily on retailers' donations. Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, they're seeing a lot less of those.
"At this time, restaurants are not ordering as much, because they aren't serving as much, so it cuts down what were able to do. It's creating a ripple effect," Second Harvest community outreach coordinator Brittany Bowie said.
Compared to this time last year, Second Harvest Food Bank has distributed one million more pounds of food in the 23 parishes they serve. The need continues to increase everyday.
"With the COVID-19 we are seeing such an influx of people seeking food assistance for the first time in our area," Bowie said.
Bowie says now more than ever, Second Harvest Food Bank is relying on donations from the community.
"We are still asking for support from the community, so shelf -stable products, meats, canned tunas, those are very important. Canned fruit, shelf-stable food is very important," Bowie added.
If you are in need, Bowie says do not hesitate to reach out. Call 232-HELP to start receiving food.