As Washington residents battle with unemployment, extra individuals than ever are turning to meals banks for assist. State officers say the demand for meals help will persist within the coming months.
The Covid-19 pandemic has left meals banks overwhelmed as individuals more and more search their help.
In April, greater than 1.6 million individuals in Washington sought the assistance of meals banks. And the demand is barely going to develop, stated Division of Agriculture director Derek Sandison.
Meals banks are struggling to fill their cabinets as a result of donations from groceries and eating places are down. Now, they’re bidding in opposition to their former donors for a similar staples, stated Sandison.
“Canned fruits, canned vegetables, packaged food like macaroni and cheese — we’re literally in a situation [where] we’re competing against the suppliers, grocery chains,” he stated.
Typically, they’re even competing in opposition to different meals banks within the area.
Earlier this month, Gov. Jay Inslee launched the Washington Meals Fund to assist increase cash for meals banks. To date, it is raised greater than $2 million. Sandison estimates the state will want no less than $11 million to satisfy the unprecedented demand.