Tri-State Food Bank discusses coronavirus impact

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Concerns about coronavirus are impacting local nonprofits, including Tri-State Food Bank.

The organization provides food to soup kitchens and food pantries across our area. Executive director Glenn Roberts says right now is a “perfect storm” – the need is going up, but partner agencies are temporarily closing because they are concerned about volunteers, many of them elderly, contracting COVID-19.

“We are seeing a shortage of volunteers at our agencies and here at Tri-State Food Bank. People are doing the social distancing and not wanting to come here. We are in desperate need of volunteers,” Roberts said. “The Food Bank network is here to help people. This is a time of crisis and this is the time we’re asking for people to come to our aid to help people who are in desperate need.”

Roberts says the food back has ample food supply now, that could change next week.

“The concern is simple, that people are going to go hungry; they’re not going to have their basic nutrition. This is a daily need that people have,” Roberts said.

A mobile pantry will be held Tuesday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, located at 100 E Michigan St.

For more information or to volunteer, visit the food bank’s website.

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(This story was originally published on March 16, 2020).

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