Food banks are servicing more people than ever due to the massive economic and social disruptions being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this week, the United Food Bank in Mesa, AZ needed assistance transporting more than 20,000 lbs. food, and one of the newest moving companies in our network quickly volunteered to help.
Just-in Time Moving & Storage has volunteered to helped the United Food Bank deliver pallets of Emergency Food Bags bi-weekly for the foreseeable future. The first transport took place on Tuesday, March 24. Just-in Time Moving & Storage delivered 20,000 lbs. of food from United Food Bank’s warehouse to their main distribution location. For less than 2 hours of their time, Just-In Team Moving & Storage provided 16,000 meals to their neighbors in need.
The United Food Bank is seeing more than double the number of families in need of assistance during this time of crisis. Last week, for example, they served more than 5,000 people, which is 4x more than normal. The United Food Bank has been distributing emergency food bags that including five different types of frozen meats, milks, eggs, and a variety of produce. They are adhering to the CDC’s recommendations of personal protective gear and practicing social distancing. On Fridays, food insecure families can use their drive through facility to receive food without contact, it will be placed directly in the trunk of your car.
Maricopa County had one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the country even before the Pandemic. More than 570,000 people in the county are facing hunger, including 1 in 5 children. This number will undoubtedly increase over the days and weeks ahead. Thank you to everyone at Just-in Time Moving & Storage for volunteering to help your community during this time of great need. Because of your generosity, thousands f food-insecure Arizonans will be able to continue receiving the food they need.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has left a massive economic impact and has drastically increase the need for emergency food assistance nationwide. Move For Hunger is actively searching for ways to meet the demand, but we're going to need your help.