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How Central Pa. Food Bank will operate amid coronavirus outbreak, and how you can help

Patriot-News - 3/17/2020

Hunger won’t stop affecting families during the coronavirus outbreak, and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank has no plans to scale back efforts to address food insecurity in the region.

The food bank will continue operations while taking significant precautionary procedures, it said in an emailed statement Tuesday.

Charitable food partners are encouraged to find alternative ways to deliver items to those in need in hopes of reducing large gatherings, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank said, including installing drive-through distribution sites, offering grab-and-go meals and instituting appointment-only access to food pantries. You can find the closest program to your area here.

Those struggling with food scarcity should continue seeking help when they need it, the food bank said.

And the food bank also welcomes volunteers, though sites will allow only 10 volunteers to work at one time to remain in accordance with social distancing recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Financial donations can do the most good for the community, according to the food bank.

A $1 donation can help the food bank provide 6 meals, it said in a statement.

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