The Impact of the Novel Coronavirus on the Local Food System
On March 24th the San Mateo Food System Alliance held their meeting virtually to adhere to the most recent recommendations from our Public Health Officer and founding SMFSA member, Dr. Scott Morrow, to avoid large, non-essential gatherings. The meeting addressed the impact the Novel Coronavirus has on workers and their families throughout the food system during this public health emergency. The increase in unemployement due to the Novel Coronavirus is unprecedented and is leading to a much higher demand for emergency food resources. Second Harvest is experiencing a significant increase in demand and is expecting demand to rise by as much as 10 times of the demand last year. At the same time the number of volunteers have declined and food pantries have had to close. Fortunately the team at Second Harvest is adopting the challenges and working to identify strategies to meet the need. To find food in your community you can visit https://www.shfb.org/get-food/ or call 1-800-984-3663. To learn more about how you can help, including how to volunteer you can visit https://www.shfb.org/give-help/.