The Chester County Food Bank is facing unique challenges during the coronavirus crisis, writes Pete Bannan for the Daily Local News.
The Food Bank distributes supplies to cupboards and food pantries that serve between 40,000 to 50,000 people in Chester County every quarter.
Currently, one of the largest issues is sourcing of food, which usually comes through the statewide and national networks that provide both fresh and non-perishable foods. However, with people nationwide bulk-purchasing and hoarding supplies, the increased demand on stores has reduced the availability of supplies for the Food Bank.
“Some of the bigger food banks have had food orders turned down from dealers,” said Chester County Food Bank Executive Director Larry Welsch. “It’s kind of a fluid situation; it changes every day.”
To tackle this issue, the Chester County Food Bank has joined forces with other food banks across the state, such as Feeding PA, to address these shortages together. Additionally, Chester County officials have been very helpful in finding a way to get through the crisis.
“We’re thankful for all the support of the county, the public, businesses, and foundation,” said Welsch. “It’s been a tremendous effort.”
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