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Second Harvest Food Bank is prepared for Covid-19

Second Harvest Food Bank is prepared for Covid-19
Posted at 3:59 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 17:57:26-04

While shelves are being restocked at supermarkets throughout the country, some are concerned about the shelves at food banks.

For those who rely on second harvest to feed their families, services have not slowed yet.

Second Harvest Food Bank programs manager Brenda Pourciau says the Lafayette warehouse is stocked and prepared for the coming days.

We're here. We're not planning to close down. We're not planning to close our agencies unless they choose on their own, but its business as usual. We had partner agencies pick up food this morning so we're ready to serve them, says Porciau.

Things are operating just slightly differently, with more possible changes in the days to come.

"Normally we have a wonderful client choice program where they go and pick out their food but we're encouraging them to either do boxes to give clients and maybe even sort of a mobile pantry where they drive through," says Porciau.

They've doubled the cleaning schedule and make sure volunteers wash their hands before, during and after their time at the food bank. Still, there may be a need for volunteers down the road.

"We think there's probably going to be an increase in need, simply because of the situation," says Porciau.