Missoula Food Bank looking ahead during COVID-19 pandemic

Missoula Food Bank looking ahead during COVID-19 pandemic
Posted at 11:18 AM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 13:18:25-04

The Missoula Food Bank reports it's slowed down some since it's busiest month ever in March and is looking ahead to an uncertain future.

Foodbank officials say monetary donations from this spring have made it possible to keep buying food and keep up with demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Executive Director Aaron Brock says it's serving about 20% more people than it was this same time last year.

He says he's keeping an eye on government programs -- like unemployment benefits, the CARES Act, and SNAP -- to see if he should expect an increased need anytime soon.

"We are going to keep getting up every day, and doing the best we possibly can to meet whatever the need looks like here in this community," Brock said.

"Our ability to do that depends entirely on how this community continues to support us so generously," he added.

Brock also told MTN News that he's heard some parents worry about if they'll be able to feed their kids when school starts.

He says he's working to continue food security programs if and when kids aren't physically in school.

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