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On the corner of her block in Queens, New York, Calli Carvajal, an out-of-work hair stylist, watched the line at a food pantry grow. This was back around March, at the start of the pandemic, and volunteers at a church were handing out bags of groceries to families in need during the new lockdown. At first, a dozen or so people stopped by for assistance each day. But as the weeks passed, the line wrapped around the block, as more workers lost their jobs. “Oh my God, this is crazy—nobody can afford food,” Carvajal thought as more neighbors flocked to the pantry. She thought about getting in line, to help feed her kids now that she no longer had an income.

The economic devastation wrought by the pandemic has led to enormous food insecurity across America. In the spring and summer, aerial footage in city after city showed cars inching along for miles, all waiting in line for a box of pantry staples. New Census Bureau data shows that almost 1 in 5 households with children said earlier this month that they do not have enough to eat. And one of the country’s biggest anti-hunger organizations, Feeding America, experienced a 60 percent surge in people using its food bank services this year, according to a recent report. About 4 in 10 were seeking assistance for the first time.

Even San Francisco, one of the world’s richest cities, has seen a similar story play out. In mid-December, photographer Amy Osborne went to meet some of the people standing in line at pop-up food pantries around the city, from bartenders and chefs to recently laid-off tech workers and people like Carvajal, who moved from New York in August to stay with her elderly parents there.

The food pantries are especially crucial in San Francisco because many of its residents don’t qualify for federal food stamps, known as SNAP: Eligibility standards for that program are set at a certain income level, often excluding families in places where the cost of living is much higher. The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, which organizes the pop-up pantries that Osborne visited, now serves nearly double the people it did previously.

The need could be even greater in the coming months, amid surging coronavirus cases and more lockdowns. Congress has agreed on another relief package that will include a second stimulus check of $600 for some people, but that’s not much considering the cost of rent and groceries in the area.

Below are portraits of some of the people turning to San Francisco food pantries, and vignettes of the worries and struggles they face, in their own words.

I lost my job due to the pandemic in March. In June, a close family member who doesn’t live with me caught COVID in Mexico City. She was close to passing away, but she recovered. Around the time I started having bad anxiety, panic attacks, because of the stress. I would wake up with fear. So walking my three little dogs helped me a lot.

I’ve been applying everywhere. Target, Starbucks. See’s Candies. They said they would call and they never did, then they called back and apologized and said they’d call again, and again they didn’t. My husband is in the same situation—he works for the San Francisco opera house, and they are currently closed. I applied for food stamps but was denied; they needed more paperwork. I’m going to try again.

The first time I went to the food bank, it was a little bit of mixed emotions. I was like, I can’t believe I actually qualified, so there was excitement. And then at the same time it also hits me: This is what it’s gonna be like for a while until I get a job. 

Before I worked more; now I have only three days a week sometimes. They cancel me a lot. And some customers moved out from here. I work for the old people still because they really need me, but I’m worried. I’m always careful because I wear my mask and gloves and everything, but still, you never know what might happen. And the ladies are more than 90 years old.  They stay in one side and then I’m working one side, and then we change. I worry, but I need to work because I am a single mother and I got my son, who’s 20.

I was walking to work and I saw a lot of people, and then one day I go there and they told me, “Yeah, you can get some food.” But I don’t go every Wednesday. I worry because there’s too many people—the line is more and more. I don’t want to contract anything because I live in a small place and we share the bathroom, and I don’t have another place to stay.

Maybe he [Trump] helped, but only the people who are a citizen. I’ve lived in San Francisco for 30 years, but for people like me, he don’t give us anything. My son, he is a citizen, but he don’t get [the first stimulus check]. And he’s working, he’s doing his taxes, but they don’t give it to him. When one is citizen and one is not, I think they don’t give the money.

Me and my mom go there, to the food pantry. Up until mid-September the line was short. But lately the lines have been getting longer. And today was the longest I’ve seen, wrapping around the block. I’m a bartender and I work for big events and for a local bar. So I’ve been out of work since March 13. I’m lucky enough to be born and raised here and able to move back in with my mom. She grew up in rural Ohio, a child of 12, so food was always scarce. What she told me is, “You might not like it, but you have to do what you have to do to survive right now.” All of her kids are in the event industry—three of us are bartenders.

At first when I went, there was a little bit of shame and guilt. It’s like, you never thought you’d be here. But at the same time, here you are. And just seeing how everyone was so kind and just trying to help, it actually restored some faith in humanity. I have to say, these volunteers, I wish they were getting paid—I wish the government would do something for them. Because they’re essential workers who have been giving their all, and I don’t know they’re getting enough thanks. 

Yeah, we’re getting the stimulus, but for some of us it’s nowhere close to what we used to make. And right now, we have no stimulus and a lot of us are hurting. I’m watching friends lose their jobs; I know some people who are worried about being homeless. We just want to go back to work. It feels like the Republicans dropped the ball. If they took care of this in the first two months, just shut down everything, I think we would have been in a better spot.

I was laid off in August­—I’d been working at Golden Gate Park, for Rec and Parks. And it looks like I’m going to run out of unemployment soon. The city is saying they have a deficit of millions of dollars, so these jobs are not going to open again.

Before getting food here, I was a volunteer with the food bank. It was frustrating because you would see like 700 cars a day coming to pick up food. And I was thinking, a lot of these cars are Mercedes or Lexuses even, really fancy, with people showing their cellphones to show their pass, that they are allowed to pick up food, and they’re nice cellphones. I don’t have a cellphone. I don’t have a car. I was like, some of these people probably own homes, and they are still getting food.

So who really needs the food? It’s hard to tell, right. When I went to the other place to pick up the food one time, I saw my previous landlord getting food. And he owns a lot of buildings in San Francisco. I don’t have cable, I don’t have a lot of money in the bank, I still owe my credit cards. Some people are taking advantage, and it affects the ones who are really more poor. That’s just one thing that makes me upset. Because I understand that some food banks run out of food and they have to turn people away. Leave it for people who really need it.

I had a job of 12 years, doing basic office work for a big accounting firm downtown, and part of my duties was ordering supplies. After they closed the office, they asked if anyone could come in: I was one of like three or four people who would show up every day, whereas we usually have 1,500 people show up. Then in June I got an email about the dreaded Zoom call. They said my last day would be tomorrow.

They give a good amount of food; I had trouble getting it all in my backpack. It was a heavy thing—and I was in the Marines. Being there, you know, I wasn’t embarrassed. People are pleasant. It’s easy not to be embarrassed when you have a mask on. [Laughs.]

Sometimes I run out of fruit and vegetables for the kids, since they all live at home doing schoolwork now and they can’t go to school. I got four kids, plus my nieces and nephews, that’s seven. The oldest is 18, and the two little ones are 5.

I was working as a chef for the pizza place. They started cutting our hours, and they weren’t helping me pay no bills. I ended up having to get my unemployment. I just wish I was working. I’m looking now: I got a family member, he said he needs some help at the homeless shelters at night. My unemployment benefits run out one day after Christmas.

I was working for a company called One Hundred Feet that is making an app for delivery drivers. Say you work for Uber Eats, if Uber bought this and let their employees use it, the driver would pull it up and it would give them a map that showed where they can leave their car for just the five, six, seven minutes they need to run an order into a building. So I was going around taking photos to help them build this mapping system. I lost my job in March, because I couldn’t go into the buildings anymore to take the photos.

I started looking for new jobs like two months into lockdown, and answered an ad on Craigslist to be a personal assistant and personal chef for a couple that runs a software company. But now because we’re on the second lockdown, my job with them is on hold until things get better.

[At the food pantry] I felt a little guilty because I grew up very privileged and never needed to do anything like that. We came from a lot of money. But both my parents are now passed away, and the rest of my family lives all over the place. I’ve got a brother in Vietnam, two sisters in Detroit. And yeah, I guess I just felt guilty because I felt like maybe there were other people who needed it more.

I live with my two parents and my three siblings, all younger than me. That’s basically the reason I go, so I can feed everyone in the house. Since I’m the chef here, I cook everything. I just love how you can look at any fruit or vegetable, a potato or tomato, and there’s so many ways you can work with it. You can create soups, roast them; some stuff you can eat raw. There’s just so many different choices. 

I was working primarily at the Pacific-Union Club, like a gentlemen’s club or social club technically, as a line cook. And at Farallon Restaurant, which serves seafood and fine dining. Because of the lockdown, I basically got laid off as well as everyone else. I applied for about 13 jobs. I started off trying to find restaurant jobs, which I couldn’t find. I tried Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, a golf club, Fairmont hotel. I tried so many places, even Safeway. There was no success with any of them.

To have found the food bank is really a blessing; I’m also working with them through Instawork. To be honest, I would say like medical insurance and stuff, that’s what I really need assistance with. I have a little bit of unemployment left, like a month or two, and I’m pretty worried. I personally think if they did send more than one stimulus check, like monthly, it would have helped more. Instead of like one every six or eight months—everyone’s still struggling after that one amount.

I lived with a couple of roommates last year, they moved out, and then I got another roommate a few months ago and then he moved out. There’s a lot of people moving out of San Francisco right now—moving back home to Nebraska and making the same money coding in their living room there, paying $400 for rent or whatever. So it’s been hard to keep roommates, which is why it’s been hard to pay rent. I’m getting $450 as a weekly benefit for unemployment, which comes out to $1,800 a month. And my rent is $2,100 a month.

I’ve thought about moving, but there’s a lot of complicated factors. I have asthma so I’m in a high-risk group for COVID, so I’m not trying to go around a bunch of places and interview. Also I’ve been unemployed all year and haven’t been making money, and landlords want to see an income check. I’m in a little bit of a bind. I primarily make my money as a stagehand, and there’s been no gigs. And a guitar repair job is like $50 or $100, and I might get that once every couple of weeks. People don’t have a lot of money right now to spend on buying custom instruments. I’ve burned through half my life savings just paying rent and eating.

It’s hard to not feel some sense of failure. There’s a lot of stigma that goes along with getting a handout. I tried as long as I could to hold out because I didn’t want to be taking food from people who needed it more than me. Standing in line, I think it’s that sensation where you’re not in the place where you wanted to be in your life, and grappling with what that means and what it means to be a successful person in this society. Is it now normal to be standing  in the food line—is that okay? Do we want to be the kind of people who take care of each other and don’t put people down when they’re in need, or do we want to be shaming people who aren’t successful, shaming people who need assistance?

I just recently moved back from New York City with my husband and my two little children because we couldn’t afford rent there with both of us having no jobs. We’d been there for almost 20 years.

My youngest is two. I had been just getting right back on my feet again from maternity leave. I was working with this company helping cancer patients fit wigs, so when the pandemic happened, we had to shut down. My husband is a musician, a drummer, and was playing with big wedding bands and jazz bands. And then he couldn’t get unemployment [benefits] for months because of some weird glitch in the system.

Watching all my people starting to do their own hair at home was devastating. But I was scared: I know several people who passed away in New York when this was first happening. And seeing trucks of people in bags, dead people…I didn’t want to give it to my family, if I went out and worked. Now I’m here with my dad, who is 89, and my mother who is 72, so we’re being extra careful. Brian has been working outdoors, busking, but honestly, $40 a week doesn’t really help.

I never thought I’d be standing in one of those lines and okay with it. I feel like it’s okay, just let it be. Don’t have an ego about it. Because everybody else here is probably feeling the same way. You know? It’s okay to ask for help or need help. You just do it. And you start making friends in line.

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On-campus food pantry matches increased demand during pandemic

Sam Musgrove, a fourth-year in business administration and president of Buckeye Food Alliance, shows of some of the food the program provides.

Sam Musgrove, a fourth-year in business administration and president of Buckeye Food Alliance, shows off some of the food the program provides. Credit: Courtesy of Nick Fowler

With many Ohio State students unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and others living off campus for the first time, the risk of food insecurity has perhaps never been higher. 

The Buckeye Food Alliance is working to help students gain access to nutrition to ensure they don’t sacrifice their health to pay their bills. Despite unforeseen limitations and changes, Nick Fowler, Buckeye Food Alliance coordinator, said the organization is on track to reach 6,000 visits by the end of the school year — more than double the previous year’s total.

“Sometimes students say that, ‘Oh, I’ve got food, but I’m having trouble paying my utilities or I need to buy books,’” Fowler said. “We don’t want students to have to make that choice.”

The nonprofit student organization was founded in 2016 to ensure that Ohio State students have access to affordable, healthy food, according to its website. Operating out of Suite 150 of Lincoln Tower and the basement of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the organization typically offers students the opportunity to walk in and choose a variety of healthy foods from their pantry on a weekly basis. 

However, at the start of the pandemic the organization found itself needing to adjust — both to a greater influx of students coming in and the increased need to keep its volunteers safe, Fowler said.

“We definitely saw an increase in March or April of students coming in, and I think it was definitely due to COVID,” Sam Musgrove, president of Buckeye Food Alliance and a fourth-year in business administration, said.

To keep the staff safe, Fowler said the organization limited the number of volunteers per shift and temporarily stopped serving people at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, which is at the intersection of North High Street and East Woodruff Avenue. Instead of functioning as a walk-in pantry, Fowler said the organization created an online ordering form. Students choose what food and supplies they need and specify a pickup time to limit in-person contact.

“[Online ordering] was something that was always in the works,” Fowler said. “But the pandemic put the pressure on to get that figured out a little more quickly.”

 The doubled number of visits may have been influenced by the pandemic, Fowler and Musgrove said.

“For the first time, I’ve had students come in and say, ‘Unemployment sucks.’ I’ve had somebody mention, ‘I wouldn’t typically be here, but I know this Friday is my last paycheck,’ because they work in the service industry,” Fowler said. “It’s hard to ignore that many of our students work in the service industry and see how many of those jobs have disappeared on and around campus.”

Fowler said businesses and organizations such as Kroger, the Mid-Ohio Food Collective and UNITY Fridge provide food and supplies, enabling the organization to respond to the sudden increase in demand. With these collaborations and an increase in donations, he said the organization has consistently provided groceries to the growing number of students.  

Fowler said students don’t need proof of financial burden — only a valid BuckID. He said this is intentional and allows the pantry to serve all students, whether they use it as their main source of groceries or if they need a quick snack between classes.

“Our goal is to really make food accessible to everyone on our campus regardless of where they fall on that food insecurity spectrum because food needs are just so different from person to person,” Fowler said.

The Buckeye Food Alliance pantry is located in Lincoln Tower and is open to those with a valid BuckID Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 4-8 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Students can place orders on its online ordering form. For walk-in ordering, call 614-688-2508 to be let into the pantry. More information can be found on the organization’s website.

Источник: https://www.thelantern.com/2021/01/on-campus-food-pantry-matches-increased-demand-during-pandemic/

'It’s a Bucket Brigade on a 5-Alarm Fire.' Food Banks Struggle to Keep Up With Skyrocketing Demand

In a matter of five months, 47-year-old Aquanna Quarles saw her personal finances implode. In December, she totaled her car. In February, the car she replaced the totaled one with was stolen. And in early March, her kitchen flooded, destroying the food in her cabinets and the small appliances on top of them. Quarles remembers thinking, “Oh my God, like what else could go wrong?”

Then the novel coronavirus began spreading across the United States. In mid-March, the state of Ohio, where Quarles lives, began issuing stay-at-home orders, shuttering shops and businesses, and by the end of the month, the rest of the country had followed suit, pushing millions of Americans out of work. Quarles, who works for a home health care company doing both office work and caring for elderly and disabled individuals, saw her hours—and weekly earnings—cut in half.

In April, for the first time in her life, Quarles felt she had no choice but to lean on a food bank to make ends meet. “This was really my first time ever doing it,” Quarles says of her decision to seek assistance from a food charity. “Because if I don’t need it, I’m not gonna go. You know what I mean? But I needed it.”

On April 21, Quarles lined up in her car with thousands of other Ohioans in the parking lot of Wright State University’s football stadium where Dayton’s Foodbank, Inc. had set up an emergency drive-thru food distribution site. On that day alone, the food bank served 1,381 households and more than 4,500 individuals, according to its chief development officer Lee Lauren Truesdale. After four hours, Quarles returned home with about a couple week’s worth of chicken cutlets, chickpeas, cucumbers, eggs, peach-flavored protein shakes, potatoes, rice and watermelons.

Quarles’s recent hardship has become all too common in recent weeks, as tens of millions of working- and middle-class Americans like her—bartenders and servers, childcare providers and hairdressers and hotel staff—have found themselves suddenly with decreased or eliminated incomes for the foreseeable future. On April 23, new unemployment numbers showed another 4.4 million people filed unemployment claims last week, bringing the total since March 14 to more than 26 million. Though Quarles did not lose her job completely, her reduced hours may make her eligible for partial unemployment insurance. Like millions of Americans, Quarles has faced difficulties accessing that benefit. Though she says she applied for the assistance at the end of March, she hasn’t yet seen the payment hit her bank account.

Stories like Quarles’ underscore the fragility of the American economic landscape. Until recently, the U.S. economy was sailing through the longest expansion on record—trumpeting record-low jobless rates and a bull stock market. But after just five weeks of recession, tens of millions of Americans are suddenly without the most basic necessities, including food and medical care. While incomes have vanished, the trappings of middle class life—car notes, mortgages, rent obligations and utility bills—have continued to pile up, forcing Americans who until very recently had full-time jobs to the brink of true poverty. With nearly 40% of U.S. adults unable to afford an emergency expense of $400, according to a 2019 report by the Federal Reserve, many have turned to food charities for help.

Soldiers unload food at the Dayton Foodbank in Dayton, Ohio, on April 21, 2020.
Tech Sgt. Shane Hughes—U.S. Air National Guard.

When Three Square Food Bank of Las Vegas was modeling its new drive-thru food distribution systems several weeks ago, it anticipated between 200 and 250 cars per donation site each day. Instead, its chief operating officer Larry Scott says the organization is seeing up to 1,200 cars each day at some of its sites—in queues that stretch to five miles and longer. At the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, executive director Joe Arthur estimates his nonprofit went from serving 135,000 individuals a month to approximately 175,000. Central Texas Food Bank president and CEO Derrick Chubbs says its Travis County partners saw a 207% spike in clients.

But as new patrons line up for food assistance in record numbers, and old clients become even more reliant on donations, half a dozen major food insecurity nonprofits tell TIME they are experiencing financial and procedural challenges of their own. “All hell broke loose at the first of March,” says Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, the executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, which doles out resources to the state’s individual food organizations, like Truesdale’s.

Since then, she adds, it’s been “a bucket brigade on a five-alarm fire.”

‘That spigot just shut off’

In fatter times, food banks receive donations of shelf-stable items, like peanut butter, pasta, tuna fish, and soup, from wholesalers, manufacturers, restaurants, and grocery chains that over-ordered. But since COVID-19 hit, those businesses have seen their own stores dry up. Manufacturers are prioritizing shipping their products to grocery stores, which can barely keep shelves stocked, as people have begun to eat all of their meals at home.

In Illinois, a spokesperson for the Greater Chicago Food Depository says it received only 1.83 million pounds of donated food from non-government sources last month—a 30% decrease from what it received a year ago, in March 2019. The spokesperson says the figure is lower in part because restaurants and grocers are less able to give, but also because the nonprofit had to focus on accepting “non-perishable foods in this ongoing crisis,” as shelf-stable items last longer, require less handling, and can more easily be transported to the organization’s partner charities.

“When the pandemic hit the supply chain, that spigot just shut off,” says Hamler-Fugitt. She added, “We don’t have enough food in the system to keep up with this demand. We just don’t.”

As the stream of donations have declined, some food charities have been forced to buy pantry items at or near retail prices, which puts many food banks operating on small budgets in a nearly impossible situation. Under normal circumstances, the cost of supplying a food-insecure client with 28 to 30 pounds of groceries would cost Central Texas Food Bank $5 per box, says Chubbs, its CEO. These days, the cost is closer to $30 per box, at a time when the organization anticipates needing demand for about 25,000 boxes a week.

Hundreds of members of the Ohio National Guard were activated March 18, 2020 to support food distribution efforts across Ohio.
Tech Sgt. Shane Hughes—U.S. Air National Guard.

But the food banks that have so far managed to avoid paying retail prices are finding that securing shelf-stable items can be challenging too, says Kate Maehr, the executive director of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. That’s partly because manufacturers are not yet keeping up with new demand for pantry staples, and partly because the products they do produce first go to the retail stores. Food banks, she says, are “last in line.”

“If you’re a manufacturer, you’re going to make sure that you are honoring the relationships that you have with retailers and your core business,” Maehr says. “We are getting told by suppliers that we are three weeks, six weeks, and in some instances, 12 weeks out before we can get truckloads of food.”

Some states have increased funding to food charities to help offset these new barriers, but food bank directors say it’s unlikely to cover the difference. Earlier this month, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed an executive order to provide the Ohio Association of Foodbanks a one-time $5 million appropriation on top of the $25 million the charity receives annually. The group estimates it will need $54 million per month if demand continues to grow apace.

In the past, when food banks in one state have been overrun as a result of regional disasters, like flooding or a hurricane, food banks in other parts of the country have been able to supplement staff and food supply, says Elaine Waxman, a food insecurity expert at the Urban Institute. But in this pandemic, the whole country is affected.

“Right now,” she says, “literally it’s like a disaster in all 50 states.”

More need, but fewer volunteers to accommodate it

It’s not just food donations that non-profits are having to do without. It’s staff, too. Under normal circumstances, food pantries rely on volunteers, many of whom are retired or elderly. But since people over 65 have disproportionately severe symptoms from COVID-19, those staffing resources have dried up. As a result, charitable organizations have had to reduce the number of places where food is distributed.

For example, Three Square, the Las Vegas food bank, has had to suspend food distribution at 170 of its 180 partner organizations, while setting up 21 additional drive-thru distribution sites, according to Larry Scott, its chief operating officer. In a month’s time, the number of sites from which locals in the region can collect food decreased by 83%.

Central Texas Food Bank chief Chubbs says his organization has seen a 70% reduction in volunteers. “One of the biggest challenges that I’ve seen here is how do we balance minimizing the risk of the human resources—our staff and our volunteers—and at the same time, meet that growing demand,” he says.

The Dayton, Ohio food bank where Quarles picked up her rations has also tried to limit people of “advanced age” from volunteering, in an effort to protect their health. At the Ohio drive-thru event on Tuesday, a 73-year-old volunteer confided that he was breaking the age rule, but said he felt like he needed to be helping. “I live alone, I self-isolate at home,” he says. “People need help, and that’s when you want to be out here.”

U.S. Army Spc. Rose Minton unpacks pallets of food at Wright State University's Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio, on April 21, 2020.
Tech Sgt. Shane Hughes—U.S. Air National Guard.

Some states, including Ohio, Washington state, Michigan, and Kentucky, have deployed the National Guard to fill the void left by these older volunteers. Andrew Lynch, a 33-year-old Sergeant who was present at Dayton’s Foodbank, Inc. on April 21, compared his service this week to his 2011 deployment to Afghanistan. “Being able to give back to the community and provide a service or a product at a time of need is very similar to when we were in Afghanistan or Iraq,” he says. Though the setting is different, he explains, the purpose is still to keep people safe.

‘This is not going to be a crisis that is measured in weeks’

Even as mayors and state governors prepare to reopen their cities and states, food bank executives expect the uptick in demand for their services will continue for many months, if not years. The aftermath of the Great Recession offers a bleak guide. In 2008, 15% of U.S. householders were “food insecure,” meaning they lacked consistent access to enough food for an active life, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It wasn’t until 2018—a decade after the bottom dropped out of the market—that the proportion of food insecure households rebounded to pre-recession levels. There’s reason to think that this recession will have a similarly long tail for those with no financial buffer.

“There are so many people in this community who are one paycheck away from poverty. And they’re going to lose eight paychecks or 10 paychecks. It will take them a long time to come back to a level of financial security and stability that will equate with food security,” says Maehr of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “This is not going to be a crisis that’s measured in weeks. I fear that this is a crisis that will be measured in months, and possibly years.”

Once stay-at-home orders are lifted and people begin to return to their pre-quarantine lives, Maehr worries that the general public will forget that more than 37 million Americans struggled with hunger before this pandemic even hit U.S. soil. “I am worried about compassion fatigue,” she says. “I am very worried about what happens when the news camera crews leave.”

SNAP doesn’t fill the gap

Food banks are supposed to be a stop gap measure for other safety net programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), colloquially known as food stamps. For every meal Feeding America—a national consortium of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs—provided in 2019, SNAP provided nine.

But experts say SNAP is facing shortfalls of its own. Though the program is available to most households with gross monthly incomes at or below 130% of the federal poverty line, the average cost of a meal in 99% of U.S. counties is higher than food stamp benefits allow, according to a 2018 report by the Urban Institute. Monthly, the average recipient is allocated just $127.

The benefits program, which President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law in 1964, is supposed to cover the cost of meals that provide adequate nutrition. But welfare reform in the mid-1990s placed new limits on eligibility, froze the minimum benefit threshold, and reduced the maximum allotments. Since then, the costs of meals that meet the government’s nutritional guidelines have largely outpaced the amount of funding provided.

A soldier directs traffic during a drive-thru food distribution event at Wright State University's Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio, on April 21, 2020.
Tech Sgt. Shane Hughes—U.S. Air National Guard.

Household purchases that may be vital during a viral pandemic—including soap, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper—also can’t be purchased using SNAP, nor can pre-made, protein-rich foods like rotisserie chickens and store-prepared meatloaves.

Still, people are seeking out the assistance in droves. Nearly 12,000 Ohioans signed up for SNAP during the first week of March, a spokesperson for the state’s Department of Jobs and Family Services tells TIME. During the second week of April, 29,334 more signed up. The number of Washington state residents who applied for SNAP benefits during the first full week of April 2020 was also more than double what it was the corresponding week last year, a state employee says. And while Nevada received 19,266 new requests for SNAP benefits in March 2019, the volume increased by 43% to 27,465 applications in March 2020, according to a spokesperson for the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.

But many are running into bureaucratic hurdles getting assistance at all. Generally, recipients have to re-certify they still qualify for SNAP every six to 12 months with corroborating documents such as paystubs and proof of child support. That can be challenging for low-income recipients whose incomes are constantly changing: Gig workers can’t predict how many customers will request meal delivery or rides, bartenders can never be sure their customers will tip fairly, and many low-income workers piece together one-off jobs to get by.

“SNAP is built as if people’s incomes are always stable, but people’s incomes are going up and down all the time,” says Mariana Chilton, director of Drexel University’s Center for Hunger Free Communities, and former co-chair of the Bipartisan National Commission on Hunger. “You have to go through this terrible type of surveillance machine in order to prove that you’re worthy.”

Aquanna Quarles, the 47-year-old Ohio home health care aide who saw her hours halved a few weeks ago, says she made too much money over the last six months to qualify for full SNAP benefits at this point. About a week ago, she received a letter from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services about her food stamp benefits, she says. “I thought they were gonna be jacking them up a little bit,” she says. “But they lowered them from $194 to $99.”

She’s since received notice that the benefit will go back up. On Wednesday, the USDA announced a 40% increase in food stamp benefits “to ensure that low-income individuals have enough food to feed themselves and their families during this national emergency.” The increase, paired with partial unemployment insurance, should help Quarles get through the crisis, if and when the assistance actually comes through.

Still, Quarles says, she has faith that her luck will soon turn. It just has to. “What I got out of all of this that happened,” she says, “was God is making better for new.”

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Источник: https://time.com/5825944/food-banks-coronavirus/

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Restock the Shelves 2019

Jackson Rancheria Resort Casino 

The Jackson, Calif., casino collected 387 pounds of food for the Innerfaith Food Bank by giving players 500 units for donating in three tournaments a week throughout December.

Heartland Poker Tour 

At its Ameristar East Chicago stop in January, the HPT collected more than 1,100 food items for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana by giving players 3K units in two tournaments for donating five or more food items. 

Redneck Poker League

Nearly 20 members of the Elk River, Minn., league, hosted by Jerry LaBrosse at the Greenfield Horseshoe Club, collected more than 100 food items for CAER. Adam Zachmann won the tournament. 

Hon-Dah Resort & Casino

John DeLong won the tournament at the Pinetop, Ariz., casino for $750, and the 30 players who participated contributed 223 food items for the Safe House. Players could get 4K units for donating five food items, but many donated between 10 and 20. 

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Rami Jradeh won the $400 tournament at the Mashantucket, Conn., casino. Players got 5K units for making a $10 donation to the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut Food Bank, resulting in an overall donation of $1,980.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel

Players in two special tournaments at the Battle Creek, Mich., casino got units for making cash donations to the Kendall Street Pantry. FireKeepers also donated the $5 entry fee from every player, resulting in an overall donation of $2,420.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort 

A special tourney drew 94 players, who got units for donating $20 to the Community Table of Jackson County, raising $1,945.

Wendover Nugget Hotel & Casino

The West Wendover, Nev., casino gave players 5K units for making a $20 donation to the JAS Foundation in three tournaments during a series in January, resulting in $5,400 and more than 1,200 food items being donated, a total which included participation from several bar poker leagues in Utah that ran satellites for the event. “You should have seen the faces at the food bank when we showed up,” poker room manager Jeff Durham said. “They were floored.”

Live Casino & Hotel

The Hanover, Md., casino gave players 1K units in two separate tournaments for every food item they donated to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank, (maximum of 10 items) or 10K units for a $20 donation. The casino collected $1,420 and 450 food items. 

Shark Tank Poker Club 

The Columbus, Ohio, club gave players 5K units for donating three or more food items to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank as $680 and hundreds of food items were collected.

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady

The Schenectady, N.Y., casino gave players 10K units for donating $10 or 10 food items to Bethesda House Schenectady, resulting in a donation of $1,050 and 91 food items.

Bend Poker Room

The Bend, Ore., poker room gave players units in every Friday tournament during January for donating food items to Bethlehem Inn, and held two special tournaments that gave units as well, plus the option to make a $10 add-on that was donated. All told, eight boxes of food items and $1,113 were raised.

Miami Poker Society 

Paul Janas, Jesse Vidal and Johann Tiemann earned seats in the MPS Championship during a special tournament mid ohio food bank double donation day the club that collected more than 1,500 food items for Curley’s House Hope Relief Food Bank.

Lucky Chances Casino 

The Colma, Calif., casino gave players 1K units in every tournament in January for donating a food item. In addition, in a special tournament, players got units for a $20 donation or a food item, with Lucky Chances matching all cash donations. All told, $5,520 and eight large bins of food were donated to the North Peninsula Food Pantry & Dining City of Daly City.

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

The Niagara Falls, N.Y., casino gave players a raffle ticket to win Sabres VIP tickets for every food item donated to Community Missions of Niagara Frontier during January, resulting in 200 donations.

Derby Lane 

The St. Petersburg, Fla., poker room gave players units in every weekend tournament in January for donating food items or cash to Metropolitan Ministries, resulting in more than 1,600 food items and $3,620 being collected.

Pechanga Resort & Casino

The Temecula, Calif., casino gave players units in all weekday tournaments in January for donating food items to the Community Mission of Hope in the Temecula Valley, and held a special tournament with a $10 buy-in where players’ stacks depended on how many food items they donated. The casino also involved its bingo room in the promotion, totalling 4,400 pounds of food for the food bank, a figure the casino said matches the weight of a rhinoceros. 

Pearl River Resort 

The Choctaw, Miss., spent two months collecting money and food for a local church’s food bank, resulting in $3K and several hundred food items being collected. Players got units in all weekly tournaments for donating food items, as well as raffle tickets to win prizes.

Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club 

Dennis Miller won a $500 tournament seat as part of the promotion at this Daytona Beach, Fla., poker room. Players who donated food to the Jerry Doliner Food Bank during the Great American Poker Blizzard event got a raffle ticket, resulting in $150 and about 100 food items being collected.

Windy City Poker Championship 

The Illinois televised charity series collected food items at several events in Frankfort throughout January, resulting in about 400 food items being donated to the Sheridan Carroll Food Pantry.

Inn of the Mountain Gods

The Mescalero, N.M., casino gave players up to 5K units for donating food items to the St. Joseph Apache Mission in a special tournament.

Restock the Shelves 2018

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
Jackson, California
Players donated 386 pounds of food to the Interfaith Food Bank in a Jan. 1 tournament, where they got bonus units for food items donated.

Orangeville Poker Tour
Orangeville, Ontario
Steven Kerr of Team Blue Shark Optics won the $130 tournament and, since he won, he donated his $100 bounty to Orangeville Food Bank. Players donated 101 pounds of food and $160.

Redneck Poker League
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The 16 league members braved the 0-degree game-time temperature to donate 100 food items to Community Aid Elk River. Bill Gallup coordinated the event and Jerry LaBrosse hosted in his heated pole barn that doubles as an indoor horseshoe court.

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Players in the $85 tournament donated to Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, resulting in 525.5 pounds of food being collected.

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel & Casino
Maricopa, Arizona
Players bought into a tournament with a $600 guarantee provided by the casino by donating five items of food to the F.O.R. Maricopa, and got bonus units for donating more. A total of 205 food items were collected.

Jack Cleveland Casino
Cleveland, Ohio
Nearly 2K food items were donated to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank after two $90 buy-in tournaments where 351 players got bonus units for donating.

Lucky Chances Casino
Colma, Mid ohio food bank double donation day in a $120 tournament got bonus units for making a $20 donation to North Peninsula Food Pantry & Dining Center of Daly City, and got more units for donating a food item. The casino collected $3,340 and 136 food items.

Foxwoods Resort Casino
Mashantucket, Connecticut
Players who donated money to the Gemma Moran Food Bank during a $400 tournament were entered into a raffle to win one of three $200 satellite seats for the $1,200 Winter Deep Freeze Championship. The event attracted 253 entries and raised $551.

Shark Tank Poker Club
Columbus, Ohio
Shark Tank donated $5 of every entry in a $130 tournament to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and 71 players braved a snowstorm to participate. Players were responsible for more than 200 food items and $372 being raised.

Hon-Dah Resort Casino
Pinetop, Arizona
Dream Moffat won the $50 tournament where players got bonus chips for donating to Shepherds Kitchen, resulting in 185 food items being collected. Hon-Dah added $1K to the prize pool, a $100 bonus for the high hand, two $50 mystery bounty prizes and a drawing for a mystery gift.

Windy City Poker Championship
Tinley Park, Illinois
More than 400 food items were donated by players to the Feed Chicago Sheridan Carroll Food Pantry during a $60 tournament.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel
Battle Creek, Michigan
The casino held six tournaments, offering players bonus units for donating cash and food items to Kendall Street Pantry. In additional, cash game players who donated $10 to the food bank were entered into a drawing for $500. All told, 404 food items and $3,120 were donated.

Miami Poker Society
Miami, Florida
Ivan Santos won the event. More than 2K food items were donated to Curley’s House.

Pearl River Resort
Choctaw, Mississippi
Pearl River started collecting food and cash donations for the Mississippi United Methodist Chahta Mission on Dec. 1 and kept collecting through Jan. 31. More than $2K and several hundred food items were collected. “With the food we are getting and the donation we received, we will be able to expand our outreach,” said Patricia Battle, administrator for Choctaw United Methodist Missions.

Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club
Daytona Beach, Florida
For January, players who donated $1 or a food item to the Jerry Doliner Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul Society got an entry into a raffle to win a $330 Great American Poker Tour Championship seat. The poker room collected $391 and several boxes of food.

Seneca Niagara Casino
Niagara Falls, New York
For January, players got a ticket for a drawing to be at the Top of the List for a Year for every food item they donated to the Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, resulting in 300 food items being collected.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort
Cherokee, North Carolina
There were 133 players in the Jan. 19 tournament and they raised $4,389 for Community Table of Jackson County, more than doubling last year’s donations. “It was the largest tournament field our poker room has ever hosted, outside of the World Series of Poker and Cherokee Poker Classic,” assistant poker room manager Anthony Johnson said.

Bend Poker Room
Bend, Oregon
The poker room held two tournaments on Jan. 15 for the Bethlehem Inn and the room donated proceeds from all drinks sales for the day. Also, players got bonus units for donating every Friday night in January. All told, $1,451 and eight grocery bags of food were collected.

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino
Mescalero, New Mexico
Players in the $50 tournament for Mescalero Food Bank donated more than 500 food items.

Live Casino Hotel Maryland
Hanover, Maryland
Players across two tournaments for the Anne Arundel County Food Bank raised $1,766 and hundreds of cans were collected.

Pechanga Resort & Casino
Temecula, California
For January, poker and bingo players were rewarded for donating food items to the Community Mission of Hope. All told, 1,898 pounds of food was collected.

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady
Schnectady, New York
Players in a $100 tournament who donated $10 or 10 food items got bonus units, resulting in 320 food items being collected for Scotia-Glenville Food Pantry and $1,350 collected for Concerned for the Hungry in Schenectady County.

Derby Lane
St. Petersburg, Florida
The poker room held 18 tournaments in January, giving players bonus units for making a cash or food donation to Metropolitan Ministries and collected $2,810 and several hundred food items.

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Hon-Dah Resort Casino
Pinetop, Arizona
The casino held two tournaments, adding $1,000 to the prize pool for each and gave players extra chips and raffle tickets for donating up to five food items to the Love Kitchen and United Food Bank. Players donated 250 cans.

Harrah’s Southern California
Valley Center, California
Players brought in food items throughout January and 50 food items were donated to the San Diego Food Bank.

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
Jackson, California
Players who donated a food item for any of three tournaments got 500-2,000 bonus chips, resulting in 127 items donated to the Interfaith Food Bank.

Livermore Casino
Livemore, California 
Players donated food items to Tri-Valley Haven during two tournaments to get a bonus 1K units, and a 50-50 raffle sent half of the proceeds to Tri-Valley. The winner of the raffle donated, too. Ante Up volunteer Kathy Stahl was on hand for both events, serving as a bounty and selling raffle tickets. Livermore also raffled off some casino gear. All told, Tri-Valley received $600 and many shelves of food items.

Lucky Chances
Colma, California
Players who made a $20 donation got a bonus 3,000 units and those who donated a food item got 1,000 more. All told, $2,840 and 127 food items went to the North Peninsula Food Pantry & Dining Center of Daly City.

ParkWest Casino Sonoma
Petaluma, California
For the first two weeks of January, every player got a raffle ticket for great prizes for every food item they donated, with no maximum. Redwood Empire Food Bank received 480 food items from the promotion.

Pechanga Resort & Casino
Temecula, California
Throughout January, players got 1,000 bonus units in any tournament Monday-Friday for donating a food item. More than 1,000 items were collected for the Temecula Pantry. “They will go a long way in helping us be a blessing to our neighbors,” said Randy Taylor of Temecula Pantry. “You continue to amaze and humble me with your generosity. Thank you just doesn’t seem to be an adequate response, but thank you nonetheless.”

Red Hawk Casino
Placerville, California
Players who donated $1 or a food item to the El Dorado County Food Bank got 2,000 chips. More than $111 and 37 pounds of food was collected.

Cool Mule Poker
Ontario, Canada
John Pratt knocked out Team Blue Shark Optics pro Steve Brydson to salvation army food bank downtown edmonton a pair of Blue Shark Optics. Also, $420 and two large bags of food were donated to Churchill United Church Food Bank.

Orangeville Poker Tour
Ontario, Canada
Greg Hartwick knocked out Team Blue Shark Optics member Steve Kerr to win a pair of Blue Shark Optics as $90 and 142 food items were collected to benefit the Orangeville Food Bank.

Georgetown Poker
Ontario, Canada
Players donated food for the Salvation Army Oakville Community Church while competing to win seats in Fallsview Classic.

Foxwoods Resort Casino
Mashantucket, Connecticut
Players raised more than $500 to support the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut during a tournament where the casino awarded five $200 satellite seats to a tourney for players who donated.

Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club
Daytona Beach, Florida
Players who donated $1 or a food item during any event in the Great American Poker Blizzard series got a raffle ticket to win a $330 championship-event seat, resulting in more than $500 and plenty of food items to be donated to the Jerry Doliner Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Derby Lane
St. Petersburg, Florida
Players received 5,000 chips for donating two food items, resulting in more than 100 pounds of food donated to the Metropolitan Ministries.

Melbourne Greyhound Park
Melbourne, Florida
The Club 52 cardroom held a tournament and collected food daily, resulting in more than $500 worth of food and cash being donated to Daily Break Melbourne.

Miami Poker Society
Miami Beach, Florida
Alvin Ruangsomboon won the event at Lost Weekend in Miami Beach and a seat in a Las Vegas tournament, but the real winner was Curley’s House, which receive hundreds of food items from players.

Oxford Downs
Summerfield, Florida
Players and employees collected a couple hundred pounds of food to benefit Interfaith Emergency Services.

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
Coconut Creek, Florida
Players were asked to bring in food items during two tournaments, resulting in 75 pounds of food being donated to Feeding South Florida.

Tampa Bay Downs
Tampa, Florida
Ante Up publishers Scott Long and Christopher Cosenza and Blue Shark Optics founder Kerry Karoutsos oversaw a tournament and several raffles at this Tampa cardroom that raised $1,538 and collected 187 cans for the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center. Two dozen raffle prizes were donated by poker companies and local merchants, and players who donated a food item got a raffle ticket for an Ante Up Poker Cruise package, won by Ari Prostak.

Ameristar East Chicago
Hammond, Indiana
Ante Up Ambassador “Chicago” Joe Giertuga was on hand as more than 700 food items were collected for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana during the Heartland Poker Tour event. Players got 2,000 bonus units for donating at least five food items.

Horseshoe Hammond Casino
Hammond, Indiana
Thanks to donations from players and a generous contribution from Ante Up Ambassador “Chicago” Joe Giertuga, $321 and 29 food items was collected to benefit Greater Hammond Community Services Inc.

Windy City Poker Championship
Tinley Park, Illinois
Players were encouraged to bring in food items during several events in January, resulting in more than 300 items being donated to the Sheridan Carroll Food Pantry. WCPC plans to continue to collect food at events once or twice a month all year.

Maryland Live
Hanover, Maryland
Players donated about 440 items and $640 for the Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank and got bonus units during a tournament.

Minneapolis Rounders
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The poker group asked players to donate two food items to Sharing and Caring Hands as more than 100 pounds of food was collected.

Running Aces Casino Racetrack
Columbus, Minnesota
The cardroom held a freeroll where players could get 3,000 more units for donating a food item. Family Pathways received $711 and 121 food items from the promotion.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel
Battle Creek, Michigan
Players got 200 more tournament chips for every food item they donated up to a maximum of five, and 1,000 more for making a $10 donation, resulting in $1,532 and 153 pounds of food being collected for the Food Bank of South Central Michigan.

Pearl River Resort
Choctaw, Mississippi
For six weeks, players who donated food items to the Mississippi United Methodist Chahta Mission got a raffle ticket and those who donated food items or cash during tournaments got 1,000 bonus chips. The twin promotions collected $1,200 and 600 pounds of food at the casino and garnered a news report on local TV station WTOK.

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino
Mescalaro, New Mexico
The casino gave players bonus tournament chips for donating up 10 food items, resulting in a plenty of donations for the Lincoln County Food Bank.

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
Niagara Falls, New York
Players who donated food items or cash got a Restock the Shelves T-shirt, and $303 and 300 food items were donated to the Community Mission of Niagara Frontier.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort
Cherokee, North Carolina
Players got tournament chips for making a donation to the Community Table of Jackson County and $2,131 was raised.

Kontenders USA
Cary, North Carolina
The league gave players 1,000 chips for each food item up to five they donated during the event at Break Time Billiards. United States Veterans Corps received 480 food items from the event.

Jack Cleveland Casino
Cleveland, Ohio
More than $6,000 and 1,000 cans of food, benefiting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, were collected over the course of two sold-out tournaments at this Cleveland casino. “I’m so proud of our poker players and the generosity they showed for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank,” poker room manager Brian Weaver said. “Their donations will provide more than 26,000 meals to people in need. The players significantly exceeded our expectations and had a great time giving back. We’re already looking forward to next year.”

Bend Poker Room
Bend, Oregon
The poker room offered 1,000 bonus units for each food donation and 5,000 units for every $10 add-on. The 21 players collectively donated seven grocery bags of food items and $389 for the Bethlehem Inn.

Parx Casino
Bensalem, Pennsylvania
Ante Up Ambassador Jo Kim was on hand as players were encouraged to donate cash or food items, resulting in $279 and 90 food items being donated to Bucks County Housing Group.

SugarHouse Casino
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ante Up Ambassador Jo Kim was on hand as players were encouraged to donate cash or food items, resulting in $256 and 60 food items being donated to Philabundance.

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells
Baraboo, Wisconsin
Players got a 500 bonus units for every food item donated, up to a maximum of 10 donations at the casino, and 343 pounds of food was collected for the St. Vincent de Paul Baraboo Food Pantry. “People who didn’t bring anything with them ran out to our convenience store to make their purchases,” director of poker Samantha Thomas said. “I was surprised and thrilled that so many people came out for a good cause considering the Packers were on.”

Elsewhere
Aside from the events in poker venues, Advanced Poker Training donate $5 to the Citizens for Social Justice Food Bank in Florida for every member who used a discount code. DesJgn Playing Cards donated sheets of uncut cards to some venues for prize giveaways and Kicker Problem designed and sold the official Restock the Shelves T-shirts, with profits benefiting SHARE in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and the Nevada SPCA in Las Vegas, so animals could be fed, too.

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Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel & Casino
Maricopa, Arizona
Thirty players donated more than 150 pounds of food for F.O.R. Maricopa in the $25 buy-in event that had a $500 guaranteed prize pool. Players got additional units for donating up to five food items.

Hon-Dah Resort Casino
Pinetop, Arizona
Twice the number of players who normally play the Monday night tournament turned out for the $30 event that had $300 in house money added. Players donated 124 cans of food for the Love Kitchen and got additional units for each can they donated up to a maximum of five. Donny Wauneka won the tournament.

Bankers Casino 
Salinas, California
Players donating a food item or $5 to the Food Bank for Monterey County in the $65 event got an additional 2K units.

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
Jackson, California
The casino held three Restock the Shelves tournaments over the weekend, giving players 250 extra units, up to a max of 2K, for each food item donated in each event they entered, collecting 250 pounds of food for Interfaith Food Bank.

Lucky Chances Casino
Colma, California
The cardroom matched the $2,940 raised from players, for a total of $5,880 and 88 non-perishable food items to benefit the North Peninsula Food Pantry & Dining Center of Daly City. Players who donated $20 got an 2K extra units in the $120 tournament, while players donated a non-perishable food item received 1K units.

Park West Casino Sonoma
Petaluma, California
The casino donated the house fee from the $140 progressive bounty event and put up a number of raffle prizes, including a 50-inch TV, golf package and a $100 gift card, in two separate drawings. In the first, players got a ticket for every food item they donated, with no maximum, and got extra units in the tournaments for up two donation. In the second, casino employees got a ticket for every item they donated. The casino’s generosity resulted in $750 and an astounding 4,500 food items donated to the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Pechanga Resort & Casino
Temecula, California
Ante Up Ambassador Kittie Aleman was on hand as the casino held two tournaments, giving players a $5 discount on the entry fee in each for making a donation to the Temecula Food Pantry. Randy Taylor, director of the food bank, said the 60 pounds of food collected could feed 55 people.

Cool Mule Poker
Thornton, Ontario
A miserable, snowy night kept all but the most hardy of players away, but those 20 or so who made it to the Last Shot helped Thornton Community Food Bank in a big way with $60 and two big boxes of food. Steve Brydson, who had a $20 bounty on his head, won the event and donated the bounty to the food bank.

Orangeville Poker Tour
Orangeville, Ontario
Players in the event got units for donating to Orangeville Food Bank, resulting in a collection of $190 and nearly 150 pounds of food. Team Blue Shark Optics member Steven Kerr outlasted Team Ante Up representative Gregory Hartwick in the event, so Hartwick donated an additional $100.

Foxwoods Resort Casino
Mashuntucket, Connecticut
Ken Allard represented Team Ante Up at the $300 event where the casino held a raffle with five $200 satellite seats awarded to players who made a cash or food donation. The United Way of Southeastern Connecticut said the amount collected, combined with the help of other supporters, will provide 5,200 meals.

bestbet Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Florida
Nearly 150 college students turned out for the $40 event, which was won by Khanna Rahul of Campbell University at the poker room. All players who donated a food item to benefit the Mandarin Food Bank at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church received a raffle ticket for more than $1,500 in prizes, resulting in 46 items being donated.

Daytona Beach Kennel Club
Daytona Beach, Florida
Players participating in the $150 Great American Poker Tour Blizzard $50K guarantee in the poker room got one raffle ticket for each food item or $1 they donated for a drawing to win a $330 Great American Poker Tour Championship seat. More than 500 pounds of food was collected for the Jerry Doliner Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Derby Lane
St. Petersburg, Florida
Ante Up publisher Chris Cosenza donated more than a dozen non-perishable food items and was on hand for the event. Ante Up ambassador Andrew Malowitz and Blue Shark Optics representative Sam Medina Jr. renewed last year’s battle in a field of 148 players at the poker room. Players who donated a non-perishable food item to Metropolitan Ministries got 5K units, resulting in 130 cans of food being collected. Derby Lane chipped in a $500 prize for the high hand in Level 7.

Miami Poker Society
Miami Beach, Florida
Playboy Bunny and poker pro Edina Pantinchin not only brought canned goods to donate, but final-tabled both of the free events at Haven Lounge. But it was Hal Pawluk who won the entry in the Bar Poker Open $100K National Championship. Players earned extra units for donating a non-perishable food item to Curley’s House, which received more than 400 food items.

Tampa Bay Downs and TGT Poker & Racebook
Tampa, Florida
The sister rooms ran three events, giving players 1K units for donating $5 or a non-perishable food item to the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Food Center. Ante Up publisher Scott Long, who played in the night event at Tampa Bay Downs, delivered the $405 and canned goods to the charity and donated an additional $100.

Rockford Charitable Games
Rockford, Illinois
Players in the $150 event got 1K units for donating five non-perishable food items or $5 to the American Legion, resulting in $345 and 30 cans being donated.

Windy City Poker Championship
Tinley Park, Illinois
The Chicago-area charity series held three events with various buy-ins, giving players 5K units in each for donating at least two food items for Shady Oaks Camp. A total of 180 food items were donated.

Horseshoe Hammond Casino 
Hammond, Indiana
More than 200 players, including Ante Up ambassador “Chicago” Joe Giertuga and Team Blue Shark Optics representative Steven Cannizzo, turned out for the Chicago Poker Classic event that had three main-event seats added to the prize pool at the casino. Nearly 100 pounds of food and $132 were collected to benefit the Hammond Food Pantry.

Running Aces Card Club
Columbus, Minnesota
Ante Up ambassador John Somsky and Jay Phillips of KickerProblem.com, who created and sold the official Restock the Shelves T-shirts, were on hand as the freeroll attracted 223 entrants at the poker room. Players got 5K units for donating a food item or $5, and $911 and 163 pounds of food was collected for Family Pathways. Running Aces added some tournament seats to the prize pool and Lee Surma won the event.

Pearl River Resort
Choctaw, Mississippi
“The Pearl River poker players are some of the most generous people I know,” Pearl River poker room manager Denise Dahl said. “We collected 800 to 1,000 food items, plus cash donations.” Pearl River held five drawings for $100 each, and players could get up to five raffle tickets a day by bringing food items, and got 1K units in any tournament when they donated a food item to the Mississippi United Methodist Church, Chahta Mission. “This donation means a great deal to the Choctaw people, especially the people we service,” said Patricia Battle, Missions administrator. “We served over 200 families last year. We look forward to this food going to a great cause.”

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino
Mescalero, New Mexico
Ante Up ambassador Mary Bradley was on hand as Rodolfo Samarripas and Richard Bowles chopped first place in the $50 event at the casino, where players got units for donating up to three cans of food to the Lincoln County Food Bank. Player Don McEndree donated $100 to the cause as mid ohio food bank double donation day Cherokee Hotel & Casino
Cherokee, North Carolina
More than 100 players turned out for the event that featured $20 donation add-ons, meaning the Community Table of Jackson County received $1,975 and 275 food items.

Knockout Poker USA
Cary, North Carolina
Former world champion Greg Raymer was the featured guest as more than 100 players turned out at Breaktime Billiards for the $10 donation event with rebuys, collecting more than 1,500 non-perishable food items and raising more than $2K to benefit the Help A Brother Out Food Bank and the U.S. Veterans Corps. Players got 1K units for every food item they donated, up to a maximum of 15, with plenty of prizes, including a TV, hockey tickets and more, donated by sponsors.

Shark Tank Poker Club
Columbus, Ohio
The poker club had more than 60 players participate in the $60 event, where players got 1K units for every food item they donated, up to a maximum of 10. Shark Tank dealer Aaron Burbacher, representing Team Blue Shark Optics, won the last longer bet against Team Ante Up representative Jason Parsons, meaning Parsons donated an additional 50 cans of food. The event collected 685 cans and $260, and with the help of the Columbus Police Department, located three homeless camps in the woods of Columbus. The group, which included Sheldon White, Dave Gatluff, Aaron Burbacher, Jason and Quinn Parsons, Shaun and Justine Greenwood and Brad Doughman, distributed to food and money to homeless living in tents in the camps in freezing temperatures, and they reported all recipients were appreciative and overwhelmed by the generosity.

Parx Casino
Bensalem, Pennsylvania
Nearly 100 players, including Ante Up ambassador Jo Kim, participated in the $120 event, which was won by Joseph Grant. All players who donated a non-perishable food item to the Bensalem Methodist Church received Parx Casino merchandise from the casino.

Lucky Poker League
Chesapeake, Virginia
Nine players donated a total of $25 and 25 food items to the Food Bank of Southeast Virginia and the Eastern Shore at the free event at Winston’s Raw Bar and Restaurant. Players got drawing tickets for their donations and two winners will get silk-screen shirts as prizes.

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Despite sub-zero temperatures and other events in the area, 275 pounds of food was collected for the Central Wisconsin Community Action Center Inc. Players who donated food items were given 500 units, up to a maximum of 5K units, at the casino.

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Jackson Rancheria Casino
Jackson, California
Players who donated a can of food to Interfaith Food Bank got an additional 500 units in the tournament. Lead poker supervisor Carl Jackson on the fly let players who donated up to three more cans 500 units for each of the additional cans, an offer so enticing that one player ran to the store to buy cans for five players.

Running Aces Card Club
Columbus, Minnesota
The card club gave players the option of $5 add-on, with all proceeds going to Family Pathways. The cash raised was in addition to food players brought strictly from the goodness of their heart for the event. Tony Burgoyne was the winner.

Livermore Casino
Livermore, California
Ante Up fan Kathy Stahl showed her personality and sales skills by chatting up players and selling raffle tickets, which helped raise a ton of money for Tri-Valley Haven, and she and Team Blue Shark Optics Team Pro Greg White put bounties on their heads to be split between Tri-Valley and the player who knocked them out. Livermore sold $5 raffle tickets with the proceeds split between the charity and the winner, and gave out Livermore merchandise to players.

101 Casino
Petaluma, California
Hold’em Radio broadcasted live from the event, which collected donations for Redwood Empire Food Bank. Jon Ardell and Dwight Espensen chopped heads-up and Ante Up Ambassador Garrett Roth and Blue Shark Optics Team Pro Greg White played, too.

Lucky Chances
Colma, California
Lucky Chances donated $10 for every player who participated, on top of the cash and food donations from the players themselves, to benefit the North Peninsula Food Pantry and Dining Center of Daly City.

Foxwoods Resort Casino
Mashantucket, Connecticut
The casino upped the ante, entering all players who made a cash donation into a drawing that awarded 10 $200 super-satellite seats to the poker room’s next major event. United Way of Southeastern Connecticut was able to use the donated cash and leverage its relationships with other food organizations to multiply the benefit by more than seven times.

Red Hawk Casino
Placerville, California
The Twin Lakes Food Bank was the beneficiary of this event, which saw Mitch Crow (Team Ante Up) outlast Rick Weissman (Team Blue Shark Optics) in the last-longer challenge.

Shark Tank Poker Club
Columbus, Ohio
Sheldon White “really put his heart into this one,” said organizer Joe Abrams, and it showed with many boxes overflowing with food headed to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Players got 1,000 units for each can they donated up to a maximum of 10, and Abrams, representing Team Blue Shark, lost the last-longer bet with Ante Up rep Nathan Bugard to donate 100 more cans. Chili Verde Cafe provided food for all players.

Derby Lane
St. Petersburg, Florida
Bryan Oulton of PPC Aruba won the event, which raised heaping bins of food for Metropolitan Ministries thanks to additional chips being given to players who donated a can of food. He then drove to Tampa Bay Downs, where he was hosting a PPC event, and made a sizable food donation to that event’s beneficiary. Back at Derby, Ante Up Ambassador Andrew Malowitz and Blue Sharks Optics rep Sam Medina had bounties on their heads of custom Derby Lane hats and jackets from Poker Joker Gear. Oulton also won a spot on Derby Lane’s Gasparilla parade float and another lucky player got an Ante Up Poker Cruise package.

Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel and Casino
Bossier City, Louisiana
Every player who participated made a donation to the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, no doubt encouraged to do so by the fact that they got to double their starting stack and were entered into a drawing for a $120 tournament seat for doing so.

Daytona Beach Kennel Club
Daytona Beach, Florida
Jim White was the winner of the event that benefited the Jerry Doliner Food Bank. Players donated cans of food and had the option to take a $5 add-on for more units and entry into a raffle for prizes.

Tampa Bay Downs
Tampa, Florida
The seeds of the Restock the Shelves initiative were planted over a dinner one summer night with Ante Up’s Scott Long and Blue Shark Optics founder Kerry Karoutsos, who were on hand for Tampa Bay Downs event. The poker room gave extra chips to players who made donations to the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center in the 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. PPC Aruba events. Karoutsos made an additional donation of $100 for losing a last-longer bet with Long, who matched the $100 donation.

Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf
Bettendorf, Iowa
Freezing rain kept many players away, but River Bend Food Bank still received plenty of donated food to help Iowans in need.

Parx Casino
Bensalem, Pennsylvania
The casino rewarded players by giving away merchandise to those who donated to benefit the Penndel Community Food Pantry. Moe Farah won the event and Ante Up Atlantic City-Philadelphia Ambassador Jo Kim said players had a good time trying to get the bounty on her head. She was knocked out 22nd.

Cool Mule Poker
Ontario, Canada
Blue Shark Optics Team Pro Steve Brydson hosted a series of events with the player who knocked him out in receiving a gift certificate from location host Last Shot Bar & Grill. Donations benefited the Thornton Food Bank.

Bankers Casino
Salinas, California
Generous players raised money for the Monterey County Food Bank.

Miami Poker Society
Miami Beach, Florida
Stacks of cans were collected for Curly’s House of Style at Haven Lounge, where Dave Reyment also won a seat in a World Series of Poker qualifier.

1 Move Poker
Indian Trail, North Carolina
Blue Shark Optics pros Erik Gorman, Evan Grizzard and Clinton Cartwright joined Team Ante Up volunteers Chris Shaw, Brian Zarroff and David Harper to help lead the event at Bonfire Bar & Grill to benefit Operation Reach Out, with Harper outlasting all of them.

Pearl River Resort and Casinos
Choctaw, Mississippi
The New Choctaw Baptist Association will be able to feed plenty of hungry people thanks to strong incentives for players to donate. Pearl River collected donations for 12 hours, giving players an additional 1,000 units for contributing, as well as a raffle ticket for each of up to five food items donated, with winners getting $100 in casino chips if playing in cash games afterward.

Little Creek Casino Resort
Shelton, Washington
While Restock the Shelves takes place once a year, Little Creek collects donations of food for local food bank every Thursday night, giving players bonus chips for contributing. The haul usually generates 500 to 1,000 pounds of food a month. For this event, four players chopped the prize pool for $1K each.

Harrah’s Cherokee
Cherokee, North Carolina
Players supporting the Manna Food Bank received an additional 1,000 units and we’re eligible for a World Series of Poker Circuit qualifier entry donated by Chip Bully Poker.

Orangeville Poker Tour
Ontario, Canada
Blue Shark Optics Team Pro Steven Kerr might be regretting recruiting World Series bracelet-winner Kirk “Pudge” Caldwell to play for Team Ante Up in the local “last longer” competition … if this wasn’t for a good cause. Caldwell lasted longer than Kerr, meaning Kerr had to donate an additional $100 to the Orangeville Food Bank, which received plenty of other cash and food donations from generous players.

Coushatta Casino Resort
Kinder, Louisiana
A sizable donation was made to the Food Bank of Central Louisiana, thanks to the entire $20 buy-in going to charity, plus a dealer donating her tips mid ohio food bank double donation day tournament director Danny Wade donating his pay for the night. The final table chopped the prize pool, with Blue Shark Optics rep Greg Besse outchipping Coushatta’s Randall Litteral in their last-longer competition.

Georgetown Poker
Ontario, Canada
Thanks to PartyPoker, all participants received a prize in the event that benefited the Salvation Army Oakville. Tim Silman, representing Team Ante Up, won the event and a $1,100 seat in a World Poker Tour Fallsview event, and Buddy Villaluz, representing Blue Shark Optics, finished fourth.

Advanced Poker Training and HogWild Poker Leagues
Online
Hundreds of players who couldn’t make it to a live Restock the Shelves event signed up to play in one of the two free online events hosted by Advanced Poker Training and HogWild Poker Leagues. Players in each were asked to make a donation on the honor system to Feeding America, which distributes donations to food banks near the donor’s home. They competed for a bevy of prizes provided by Advanced Poker Training, HogWild Poker Leagues and more than a dozen other sponsors. On Tilt Radio broadcast the HogWild Poker League event live.

Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
Carolyn Wayne, an Ante Up Magazine fan who just wanted to help out Three Square, finished fifth in the poker tournament. Planet Hollywood had a donation drum available for several days before the event to collect as many donations as possible.

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Volunteers
Garrett Roth, Greg White, Kathy Stahl, Mitch Crowe, Kenny (Quoc) Nguyen, Steve Brydson, Tim Silman, Buddy Villaluz, Steven Kerr, Jason Richeda, Warren Schreiber, Scott Frank, Andrew Malowitz, Sam Medina, Randall Litteral, Gregory Besse, John Somsky, Chris “Fox” Wallace, Carolyn Wayne, Nathan Dowland, Clinton Cartwright, Joe Abrams, Jo Kim, Robert Kelly and Ted Leahy.

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'It’s a Bucket Brigade on a 5-Alarm Fire.' Food Banks Struggle to Keep Up With Skyrocketing Demand

In a matter of five months, 47-year-old Aquanna Quarles saw her personal finances implode. In December, she totaled her car. In February, the car she replaced the totaled one with was stolen. And in early March, her kitchen flooded, destroying the food in her cabinets and the small appliances on top of them. Quarles remembers thinking, “Oh my God, like what else could go wrong?”

Then the novel coronavirus began spreading across the United States. In mid-March, the state of Ohio, where Quarles lives, began issuing stay-at-home orders, shuttering shops and businesses, and by the end of the month, the rest of the country had followed suit, pushing millions of Americans out of work. Quarles, who works for a home health care company doing both office work and caring for elderly and disabled individuals, saw her hours—and weekly earnings—cut in half.

In April, for the first time in her life, Quarles felt she had no choice but to lean on a food bank to make ends meet. “This was really my first time ever doing it,” Quarles says of her decision to seek assistance from a food charity. “Because if I don’t need it, I’m not gonna go. You know what I mean? But I needed it.”

On April 21, Quarles lined up in her car with thousands of other Ohioans in the parking lot of Wright State University’s football stadium where Dayton’s Foodbank, Inc. had set up an emergency drive-thru food distribution site. On that day alone, the food bank served 1,381 households and more than 4,500 individuals, according to its chief development officer Lee Lauren Truesdale. After four hours, Quarles returned home with about a couple week’s worth of chicken cutlets, chickpeas, cucumbers, eggs, peach-flavored protein shakes, potatoes, rice and watermelons.

Quarles’s recent hardship has become all too common in recent weeks, as tens of millions of working- and middle-class Americans like her—bartenders and servers, childcare providers and hairdressers and hotel staff—have found themselves suddenly with decreased or eliminated incomes for the foreseeable future. On April 23, new unemployment numbers showed another 4.4 million people filed unemployment claims last week, bringing the total since March 14 to more than 26 million. Though Quarles did not lose her job completely, her reduced hours may make her eligible for partial unemployment insurance. Like millions of Americans, Quarles has faced difficulties accessing that benefit. Though she says she applied for the assistance at the end of March, she hasn’t yet seen the payment hit her bank account.

Stories like Quarles’ underscore the fragility of the American economic landscape. Until recently, the U.S. economy was sailing through the longest expansion on record—trumpeting record-low jobless rates and a bull stock market. But after just five weeks of recession, tens of millions of Americans are suddenly without the most basic necessities, including food and medical care. While incomes have vanished, the trappings of middle class life—car notes, mortgages, rent obligations and utility bills—have continued to pile up, forcing Americans who until very recently had full-time jobs to the brink of true poverty. With nearly 40% of U.S. adults unable to afford an emergency expense of $400, according to a 2019 report by the Federal Reserve, many have turned to food charities for help.

Soldiers unload food at the Dayton Foodbank in Dayton, Ohio, on April 21, 2020.
Tech Sgt. Shane Hughes—U.S. Air National Guard.

When Three Square Food Bank of Las Vegas was modeling its new drive-thru food distribution systems several weeks ago, it anticipated between 200 and 250 cars per donation site each day. Instead, its chief operating officer Larry Scott says the organization is seeing up to 1,200 cars each day at some of its sites—in queues that stretch to five miles and longer. At the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, executive director Joe Arthur estimates his nonprofit went from serving 135,000 individuals a month to approximately 175,000. Central Texas Food Bank president and CEO Derrick Chubbs says its Travis County partners saw a 207% spike in clients.

But as new patrons line up for food assistance in record numbers, and old clients become even more reliant on donations, half a dozen major food insecurity nonprofits tell TIME they are experiencing financial and procedural challenges of their own. “All hell broke loose at the first of March,” says Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, the executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, which doles out resources to the state’s individual food organizations, like Truesdale’s.

Since then, she adds, it’s been “a bucket brigade on a five-alarm fire.”

‘That spigot just shut off’

In fatter times, food banks receive donations of shelf-stable items, like peanut butter, pasta, tuna fish, and soup, from wholesalers, manufacturers, restaurants, and grocery chains that over-ordered. But since COVID-19 hit, those businesses have seen their own stores dry up. Manufacturers are prioritizing shipping their products to grocery stores, which can barely keep shelves stocked, as people have begun to eat all of their meals at home.

In Illinois, a spokesperson for the Greater Chicago Food Depository says it received only 1.83 million pounds of donated food from non-government sources last month—a 30% decrease from what it received a year ago, in March 2019. The spokesperson says the figure is lower in part because restaurants and grocers are less able to give, but also because the nonprofit had to focus on accepting “non-perishable foods in this ongoing crisis,” as shelf-stable items last longer, require less handling, and can more easily be transported to the organization’s partner charities.

“When the pandemic hit the supply chain, that spigot just shut off,” says Hamler-Fugitt. She added, “We don’t have enough food in the system to keep up with this demand. We just don’t.”

As the stream of donations have declined, some food charities have been forced to buy pantry items at or near retail prices, which puts many food banks operating on small budgets in a nearly impossible situation. Under normal circumstances, the cost of supplying a food-insecure client with 28 to 30 pounds of groceries would cost Central Texas Food Bank $5 per box, says Chubbs, its CEO. These days, the cost is closer to $30 per box, at a time when the organization anticipates needing demand for about 25,000 boxes a week.

Hundreds of members of the Ohio National Guard were activated March 18, 2020 to support food distribution efforts across Ohio.
Tech Sgt. Shane Hughes—U.S. Air National Guard.

But the food banks that have so far managed to avoid paying retail prices are finding that securing shelf-stable items can be challenging too, says Kate Maehr, the executive director of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. That’s partly because manufacturers are not yet keeping up with new demand for pantry staples, and partly because the products they do produce first go to the retail stores. Food banks, she says, are “last in line.”

“If you’re a manufacturer, you’re going to make sure that you are honoring the relationships that you have with retailers and your core business,” Maehr says. “We are getting told by suppliers that we are three weeks, six weeks, and in some instances, 12 weeks out before we can get truckloads of food.”

Some states have increased funding to food charities to help offset these new barriers, but food bank directors say it’s unlikely to cover the difference. Earlier this month, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed an executive order to provide the Ohio Association of Foodbanks a one-time $5 million appropriation on top of the $25 million the charity receives annually. The group estimates it will need $54 million per month if demand continues to grow apace.

In the past, when food banks in one state have been overrun as a result of regional disasters, like flooding or a hurricane, food banks in other parts of the country have been able to supplement staff and food supply, says Elaine Waxman, a food insecurity expert at the Urban Institute. But in this pandemic, the whole country is affected.

“Right now,” she says, “literally it’s like a disaster in all 50 states.”

More need, but fewer volunteers to accommodate it

It’s not just food donations that non-profits are having to do without. It’s staff, too. Under normal circumstances, food pantries rely on volunteers, many of whom are retired or elderly. But since people over 65 have disproportionately severe symptoms from COVID-19, those staffing resources have dried up. As a result, charitable organizations have had to reduce the number of places where food is distributed.

For example, Three Square, the Las Vegas food bank, has had to suspend food distribution at 170 of its 180 partner organizations, while setting up 21 additional drive-thru distribution sites, according to Larry Scott, its chief operating officer. In a month’s time, the number of sites from which locals in the region can collect food decreased by 83%.

Central Texas Food Bank chief Chubbs says his organization has seen a 70% reduction in volunteers. “One of the biggest challenges that I’ve seen here is how do we balance minimizing the risk of the human resources—our staff and our volunteers—and at the same time, meet that growing demand,” he says.

The Dayton, Ohio food bank where Quarles picked up her rations has also tried to limit people of “advanced age” from volunteering, in an effort to protect their health. At the Ohio drive-thru event on Tuesday, a 73-year-old volunteer confided that he was breaking the age rule, but said he felt like he needed to be helping. “I live alone, I self-isolate at home,” he says. “People need help, and that’s when you want to be out here.”

U.S. Army Spc. Rose Minton unpacks pallets of food at Wright State University's Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio, on April 21, 2020.
Tech Sgt. Shane Hughes—U.S. Air National Guard.

Some states, including Ohio, Washington state, Michigan, and Kentucky, have deployed the National Guard to fill the void left by these older volunteers. Andrew Lynch, a 33-year-old Sergeant who was present at Dayton’s Foodbank, Inc. on April 21, compared his service this week to his 2011 deployment to Afghanistan. “Being able to give back to the community and provide a service or a product at a time of need is very similar to when we were in Afghanistan or Iraq,” he says. Though the setting is different, he explains, the purpose is still to keep people safe.

‘This is not going to be a crisis that is measured in weeks’

Even as mayors and state governors prepare to reopen their cities and states, food bank executives expect the uptick in demand for their services will continue for many months, if not years. The aftermath of the Great Recession offers a bleak guide. In 2008, 15% of U.S. householders were “food insecure,” meaning they lacked consistent access to enough food for an active life, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It wasn’t until 2018—a decade after the bottom dropped out of the market—that the proportion of food insecure households rebounded to pre-recession levels. There’s reason to think that this recession will have a similarly long tail for those with no financial buffer.

“There are so many people in this community who are one paycheck away from poverty. And they’re going to lose eight paychecks or 10 paychecks. It will take them a long time to come back to a level of financial security and stability that will equate with food security,” says Maehr of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “This is not going to be a crisis that’s measured in weeks. I fear that this is a crisis that will be measured in months, and possibly years.”

Once stay-at-home orders are lifted and people begin to return to their pre-quarantine lives, Maehr worries that the general public will forget that more than 37 million Americans struggled with hunger before this pandemic even hit U.S. soil. “I am worried about compassion fatigue,” she says. “I am very worried about what happens when the news camera crews leave.”

SNAP doesn’t fill the gap

Food banks are supposed to be a stop gap measure for other safety net programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), colloquially known as food stamps. For every meal Feeding America—a national consortium of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs—provided in 2019, SNAP provided nine.

But experts say SNAP is facing shortfalls of its own. Though the program is available to most households with gross monthly incomes at or below 130% of the federal poverty line, the average cost of a meal in 99% of U.S. counties is higher than food stamp benefits allow, according to a 2018 report by the Urban Institute. Monthly, the average recipient is allocated just $127.

The benefits program, which President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law in 1964, is supposed to cover the cost of meals that provide adequate nutrition. But welfare reform in the mid-1990s placed new limits on eligibility, froze the minimum benefit threshold, and reduced the maximum allotments. Since then, the costs of meals that meet the government’s nutritional guidelines have largely outpaced the amount of funding provided.

A soldier directs traffic during a drive-thru food distribution event at Wright State University's Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio, on April 21, 2020.
Tech Sgt. Shane Hughes—U.S. Air National Guard.

Household purchases that may be vital during a viral pandemic—including soap, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper—also can’t be purchased using SNAP, nor can pre-made, protein-rich foods like rotisserie chickens and store-prepared meatloaves.

Still, people are seeking out the assistance in droves. Nearly 12,000 Ohioans signed up for SNAP during the first week of March, a spokesperson for the state’s Department of Jobs and Family Services tells TIME. During the second week of April, 29,334 more signed up. The number of Washington state residents who applied for SNAP benefits during the first full week of April 2020 was also more than double what it was the corresponding week last year, a state employee says. And while Nevada received 19,266 new requests for SNAP benefits in San jose air quality today 2019, the volume increased by 43% to 27,465 applications in March 2020, according to a spokesperson for the state’s Mid ohio food bank double donation day of Health and Human Services.

But many are running into bureaucratic hurdles getting assistance at all. Generally, recipients have to re-certify they still qualify for SNAP every six to 12 months with corroborating documents such as paystubs and proof of child support. That can be challenging for low-income recipients whose incomes are constantly changing: Gig workers can’t predict how many customers will request meal delivery or rides, bartenders can never be sure their customers will tip fairly, and many low-income workers piece together one-off jobs to get by.

“SNAP is built as if people’s incomes are always stable, but people’s incomes are going up and down all the time,” says Mariana Chilton, director of Drexel University’s Center for Hunger Free Communities, and former co-chair of the Bipartisan National Commission on Hunger. “You have to go through this terrible type of surveillance machine in order to prove that you’re worthy.”

Aquanna Quarles, the 47-year-old Ohio home health care aide who saw her hours halved a few weeks ago, says she made too much money over the last six months to qualify for full SNAP benefits at this point. About a week ago, she received a letter from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services about her food stamp benefits, she says. “I thought they were gonna be jacking them up a little bit,” she says. “But they lowered them from $194 to $99.”

She’s since received notice that the benefit will go back up. On Wednesday, the USDA announced a 40% increase in food stamp benefits “to ensure that low-income individuals have enough food to feed themselves and their families during this national emergency.” The increase, paired with partial unemployment insurance, should help Quarles get through the crisis, if and when the assistance actually comes through.

Still, Quarles says, she has faith that her luck will soon turn. It just has to. “What I got out of all of this that happened,” she says, “was God is making better for new.”

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Double Your Donation Day, Malik Perkins with the Mid-Ohio Food Collective

Double Your Donation Day, Malik Perkins with the Mid-Ohio Food Collective

Civilian review board in Columbus Gun debates take over StatehouseFBI agents investigate deadly shooting OSU Class of '21 Facing food insecurity in Central OhioDouble Your Donation Day, President & CEO Mid-Ohio Food Bank Collective Days after first COVID-19 vaccines administered Wednesday.

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Источник: https://www.dailyadvent.com/news/5244a398e398abcd18cb0fd920286249-Double-Your-Donation-Day-Malik-Perkins-with-the-MidOhio-Food-Collective

February 28 marks the end of Heart Health Month, but cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the #1 killer of Americans. Join Ohio State in supporting heart health by attending one of many complimentary events available to all faculty, staff and spouses/partners currently enrolled in the OSU Health Plan.

Biometric Health Screenings
By knowing your height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL, and blood sugar (either glucose or A1C) values, you can make changes to improve your health and reduce your risk of developing serious illnesses.  Beginning in 2018, the biometric values must be verified by a health care provider.  Completed in one of the following three ways:

  1. Find an On-Campus Screening Event

             These values will automatically load to your YP4H/Virgin Pulse account. Click here to register.

  1. OSU or Central Ohio Primary Care (COPC) Provider Visit

             Your values obtained during an annual exam with an OSU or COPC provider will automatically load to your YP4H/Virgin Pulse account.

  1. Non OSU or non COPC provider

            If you had a physical or completed a biometric screening with your PCP after December 1, 2017, you can request that your provider submit them to the OSU Health Plan using this form                                   https://yp4h.osu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018-Provider-Fax-Form.pdf

Once you obtain your required health values, complete the Personal Health and Well-being Assessment (PHA).  The PHA is an online self-evaluation of your overall wellness and only takes about 15 minutes to complete.  Click here (link to https://yp4h.osu.edu/rewards) for more information about rewards. 

Please remember that participating in the wellness program is completely voluntary. We understand that your health history is very personal. While participating in YP4H, the personal information that you provide, whether online or in person, is only available to you and those whom you authorize to access it. Beyond the team at the OSU Health Plan, your nurse, health coach, or your own PCP, no other Ohio State personnel will see or have access to your results.

Staff Benefits and Wellness Expo
The University Staff Advisory Committee invites you to join them at the Staff Benefits and Wellness Expo on Tuesday, March 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Performance Hall at the Ohio Union. Historically known as the Hidden Benefits Fair, the Expo is taking place in partnership with the Office of the Chief Wellness Officer, Buckeye Wellness, OSU Health Plan and Your Plan for Health. This year, you can sign up for mini-breakout sessions, complete your biometric screening, have your headshot taken by a professional photographer and visit departmental and vendor booths with opportunities for Ohio State staff. Breakout sessions and biometric screenings are available on a first-come, first-serve basis so you are encouraged to sign up early.

State of Health and Wellness in Buckeye Nation event, including a complimentary healthy lunch
Register Here
Tuesday, March 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ohio Union Great Hall.
The program will include an update about wellness activities on campus, highlights of initiatives by Buckeye Wellness Innovators, announcement of Wellness Leadership Awards, and remarks from Vice President for Health Promotion and Chief Wellness Officer Bernadette Melnyk, Senior Vice President for Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston, and Susan Basso, Senior Vice President, Talent, Culture & Human Resources.

2018 ROTC Wellness Boot Camp in the Shoe
The Ohio State University ROTC and Buckeye Wellness will host the 2ndAnnual ROTC Wellness Boot Camp on Monday, April 16 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium, rain or shine. This fun fitness event will demonstrate support of the military through friendly competition. Register by April 11, 2018.

Upcoming OSU Libraries Event

Yoga at the Libraries Tech Center

We are pleased to offer upcoming classes from 4pm to 5pm on 3/6, 3/20, 4/3, and 4/17 in room 122.

Yoga poses are sequenced to build strength, flexibility and mindfulness. Through this practice of exploration, participants will gain a deeper understanding of their physical and energetic bodies. 

·         Participants should bring a yoga mat and wear yoga appropriate clothing.
·         Participants will be required to sign a health waiver.
·         Optional suggested materials: yoga block, strap, and towel.

 Become part of the University Libraries Cookbook!  Submission Deadline: March 23
 We need your help collecting fun, creative, and healthy (or healthy-ish) recipes to share with colleagues in our new wellness initiative – The University Libraries’ Cookbook.    The cookbook will be printed and added to OSUL cookbook collection housed in Thompson Library Special Collections.  Additional print and digital copies will be available for faculty and staff.  Please submit your recipes to Randall McKenzie.87 by Friday, March 23 to be included in the publication.

Save the Date: Join us for Tasting Day on March 28
You can choose to bring samples of your submitted recipe(s) for a potluck style Tasting Day on Wednesday, March 28, 11am-12pm in Thompson Library.  No samples—no problem!  Anyone can join us in sampling by bringing a dry food item or contributing a monetary donation to go to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.  Feed yourself while you help feed others!  During the tasting event, materials from the Peter D. Franklin Cookbook Collection, selected by Curator of American Literature Jolie Braun, will be available for all to view.  Take a journey through time with cookbooks from the late 1700’s through present day and see how recipes have evolved. This is your chance to showcase your talents AND publish your favorite recipes for all occasions.  More information to follow…

Источник: https://library.osu.edu/site/osulstaff/author/allen-916osu-edu/page/85/

On-campus food pantry matches increased demand during pandemic

Sam Musgrove, a fourth-year in business administration and president of Buckeye Food Alliance, shows of some of the food the program provides.

Sam Musgrove, a fourth-year in business administration and president of Buckeye Food Alliance, shows off some of the food the program provides. Credit: Courtesy of Nick Fowler

With many Ohio State students unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and others living off campus for the first time, the risk of food insecurity has perhaps never been higher. 

The Buckeye Food Alliance is working to help students gain access to nutrition to ensure they don’t sacrifice their health to pay their bills. Despite unforeseen limitations and changes, Nick Fowler, Buckeye Food Alliance coordinator, said the organization is on track to reach 6,000 visits by the end of the school year — more than double the previous year’s total.

“Sometimes students say that, ‘Oh, I’ve got food, but I’m having trouble paying my utilities or I need to buy books,’” Fowler said. “We don’t want students to have to make that choice.”

The nonprofit student organization was founded in 2016 to ensure that Ohio State students have access to affordable, healthy food, according to its website. Operating out of Suite 150 of Lincoln Tower and the basement of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the organization typically offers students the opportunity to walk in and choose a variety of healthy foods from their pantry on a weekly basis. 

However, at the start of the pandemic the organization found itself needing to adjust — both to a greater influx of students coming in and the increased need to keep its volunteers safe, Fowler said.

“We definitely saw an increase in March or April of students coming in, and I think it was definitely due to COVID,” Sam Musgrove, president of Buckeye Food Alliance and a fourth-year in business administration, said.

To keep the staff safe, Fowler said the organization limited the number of volunteers per shift and temporarily stopped serving people at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, which is at the intersection of North High Street and East Woodruff Avenue. Instead of functioning as a walk-in pantry, Fowler said the organization created an online ordering form. Students choose what food and supplies they need and specify a pickup time to limit in-person contact.

“[Online ordering] was something that was always in the works,” Fowler said. “But the pandemic put the pressure on to get that figured out a little more quickly.”

 The doubled number of visits may have been influenced by the pandemic, Fowler and Musgrove said.

“For the first time, I’ve had students come in and say, ‘Unemployment sucks.’ I’ve had somebody mention, ‘I wouldn’t typically be here, but I know this Friday is my last paycheck,’ because they work in the service industry,” Fowler said. “It’s hard to ignore that many of our students work in the service industry and see how many of those jobs have disappeared on and around campus.”

Fowler said businesses and organizations such as Kroger, the Mid-Ohio Food Collective and UNITY Fridge provide food and supplies, enabling the organization to respond to the sudden increase in demand. With these collaborations and an increase in donations, he said the organization has consistently provided groceries to the growing number of students.  

Fowler said students don’t need proof of financial burden — only a valid BuckID. He said this is intentional and allows the pantry to serve all students, whether they use it as their main source of groceries or if they need a quick snack between classes.

“Our goal is to really make food accessible to everyone on our campus regardless of where they fall on that food insecurity spectrum because food needs are just so different from person to person,” Fowler said.

The Buckeye Food Alliance pantry is located in Lincoln Tower and is open to those with a valid BuckID Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 4-8 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Students can place orders on its online ordering form. For walk-in ordering, call 614-688-2508 to be let into the pantry. More information can be found on the organization’s website.

Источник: https://www.thelantern.com/2021/01/on-campus-food-pantry-matches-increased-demand-during-pandemic/

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