While continuing to serve the community through the COVID-19 crisis, Jane B. Gearhart’s Full Circle Food Pantry still needs donations.
FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas – Full Circle Food Pantry Jane B. Gearhart continues to serve the campus while COVID-19 has a long-term effect on the Fayetteville community, but the pantry needs help. With donations of money, he can continue to serve clients during the pandemic.
During March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic began to cause major disruptions in the United States, the food pantry served 1,388 clients, more than triple the number served in March 2019.
“When the university went into remote operations, after most people worked from home on March 19, Food Pantry started to work on Fast Bags alone,” said Sage McCoy, coordinator of the food program for the Center for Community Engagement, a department in the Division. Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas. “From March 18-31, our team created and distributed 354 Fast Bags, with each bag serving two people in one household.”
One of the problems affecting its operations is the supply chain. Food banks have difficulty storing products to be distributed with food pantry. Grocery stores limit the number of cans of vegetables, meat and other items, making it almost impossible for food pantry staff to make the necessary purchases.
During April, which is usually the time when the food pantry will make a main food drive to re-supply its shelves, the drive did not occur due to a pandemic.
Some local restaurants and businesses have made donations, such as Hugo’s Restaurant donating bread, and Freight Farm on campus donating lettuce. Some money donations also came, but that was not enough. The kitchen needs protein like peanut butter, canned meat and canned beans.
Monetary donations work best, and are very easy make an online monetary donation to Food Pantry.
“When we can’t use food movers to get products and food banks are having difficulty with supplies, we have to shop and fill the shelves of the items we buy, which is the normal price,” McCoy said. “This is not sustainable in the long run because we spend more from our account than enter into it. We would really appreciate money donations that people might be able to make during this difficult time. “
Physical donations are acceptable but not recommended at this time. Arrangements must be made beforehand to reduce it. Please send an email to Sage McCoy at [email protected] or call McCoy at 575-4365.
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