SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, La (KTAL/KMSS) – Local food pantries are struggling to fill the need created by the coronavirus pandemic.
“So many people have lost jobs, which has added to the need that we already had,” said Martha Marak, Executive Director, Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana.
The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana is conquering daily struggles to feed the hungry in our community.
More than a third of local food pantries have closed due to COVID-19 and the food bank is stepping up to fill the need.
“Particular zip codes that are really struggling, because their food pantries have closed 71109 is one of them,” said Marak.
They have set up mobile distribution sites in Mooringsport, Blanchard, Cotton Valley and Coushatta.
“Our food distribution is up about 33%. We’ve distributed about a third more than what we would normally do at this time. And we’re well over a million pounds of food,” said Marak.
Not knowing when the pandemic will end, leaves the food bank with an uncertain future.
“Long term not knowing how long we will be in this pandemic, will definitely have a long term effect on the food bank,” Marak said.
Over in Bossier Parish, the sheriff’s office has a food pantry where they’re still serving 80 families a week.
They’ve even added extra pick up days for families during this pandemic.
“This is just one of the dozens and dozens of opportunities, like I said, that we have in place so that we are better able to connect with the community,” said Lt. Walt Hollis with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office.