From Laura Novosad
Can you hear the growling stomachs in our community? Hunger is becoming a growing problem in some of House District 80’s neighborhoods. Many people are struggling through the Covid-19 pandemic and the problem is expanding.
As I continue to connect with people in my district, I have witnessed and been moved by the many that are affected and the disconnect the pandemic has exposed. From the single mother of two who needed food delivered for lack of car fuel, to the senior citizens who are trapped in their homes, we are seeing many who are in need. Continued job loss has expanded food insecurities, as unemployment benefits expire or are denied. Until we have this pandemic under control these conditions will get worse and many more will be at risk.
To battle the rise in food insecurities, many of our neighbors are standing up and getting into the kitchen. Area food banks are busier than ever having experienced a 20 percent increase in requests for food. Private individuals have taken it upon themselves to raise money, cook and deliver food to elderly individuals who live in remote areas and homeless folks living on the streets. Others are collecting day-old-bread from area grocery stores to deliver to the needy. Food pantries are becoming food bread lines, with regular drops across our area. We should champion those among us who have made this fight their own.
I commend the food banks and the incredible residents who are helping to meet the growing needs. I ask that we continue to support those helping with both our time and money. Together we are caring for each other and this community in her hour of need.