Nearly everyone is feeling the effects of Covid-19 now, but for those in the South Bronx who were already facing food insecurity, the impact is especially harsh.
The increased need for food has been exponential. The organizations we surveyed reported up to a 200% increase in demand. Shortages of food, volunteers, and personal protective equipment (PPE) also continues to be a problem. As a result, long lines form around food pantries, and clients often wait hours to be served. Sometimes, food pantries do not have enough to meet the demand and have to turn away people seeking food.
The Step Up Emergency Food Fund was created to immediately get food in the hands of families who desperately need it. Step Up’s approach is to provide organizations access to funding to purchase food, add staff, and purchase PPE.
You can help by contributing what you can to address this dire need. No amount is too small. We look forward to improving the lives of the people you care about.