- 50-100%+ increase in demand for emergency food assistance. One member noted: “We are handling five times more than our normal capacities.”
- 90% reported an urgent need for food. One member noted that due to panic buying, “Retail donations have been negligible for the past two months and show little indication of resuming. The current bump in wholesale donations and food drives will not be sufficient to offset these losses.”
- 21% reported an urgent need for more employees or volunteers to handle the increase in demand.
Food banks across the globe report an urgent need for food
As lock down orders spread throughout Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia, hundreds of millions of workers in the informal economy and their families are facing hunger and homelessness, the Wall Street Journal reported last week. Yesterday, the International Labor Organization estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic put at risk the livelihoods of 1.25 billion workers that are in low-paid jobs, “where a sudden loss of income is devastating.” This past week we recently asked the food banks we serve to complete a survey about how the needs in their communities are changing. Hunger relief organizations in 39 countries are reporting:Dear Partner –