Food Bank Seeks Donations As Pandemic Increases Need To Help Feed Local Children

Thursday, April 16th 2020, 2:07 pm
By: News 9

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has led to tough times for our friends and families across the state.

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed unprecedented and historic events.

The closure of businesses and people panic buying at the grocery store has led to more hunger issues.

The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City is still open providing care to metro children.

"We're providing emergency childcare for essential workers," said Lacy Kendrick with the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City.

While operating differently, the YMCA's need for food is there. In fact, the need remains the same, if not more because of COVID-19 concerns.

People are losing their jobs and grocery stores and food companies are donating less due to higher demand.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma said the need for food overall is up by 25%.

"We're really working together with the food bank. They're contributing those food resources, and we're on the other end of it, making sure we're getting out in the communities with those food resources and making sure they're getting into the hands of the kids who need them most," said Kendrick.

Even though school is out for the rest of the school year, leaders are still trying to make sure the children are still getting fed.

"We're seeing twice the number that we typically will see during a summer feeding program," said Bret Towne, superintendent of Edmond Public Schools.

And it all happens with your donations to the food bank.

"If you have some resources at this time, extra resources, the food bank is one of the areas which could use extra donations or an extra
emphasis if you're able to do that," said Towne.

"It's more than just one organization, one person, one team," said Kendrick.