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The coronavirus on Smart Talk Friday: feeding the hungry, going outdoors, the view from Italy

Daily conversation on aspects of the pandemic

  • Scott LaMar
Volunteers from Highmark sort apples on the

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Volunteers from Highmark sort apples on the "Green Machine" at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

While the number of cases of the COVID 19 or the coronavirus pandemic continue to grow in the U.S. and Pennsylvania, WITF’s Smart Talk focuses on many aspects of the illness and the nation’s response to it. Smart Talk is committed to providing context and answering questions during these extraordinary times.

On Friday’s Smart Talk, we discuss the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s role in meeting the needs of the region’s food insecure and hungry people, Pennsylvania state parks and going outdoors while maintaining social distancing during the pandemic and speak with a midstate man who is living in Italy — a country that may have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus.

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank says it is “committed to meeting the elevated need” that they believe will be developing as thousands are out of work, on top of a sizable population that was already food insecure.

Executive Director Joe Arthur is on Friday’s Smart Talk.

Also, all facilities at Pennsylvania’s state parks are closed. However, the public can access trails, lakes, roads and parking while mitigation efforts continue.

Cindy Adams Dunn, the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is with us on Smart Talk to provide details and discuss what activities are available outdoors while many people are holed up at home.

Finally, more people have died from COVID-19 in Italy than any other country in the world and in fact the number of cases and deaths continue to grow.

On Friday’s Smart Talk, we speak with a Carlisle man who is living near Naples, Italy.



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