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Smart Talk: Food insecurity during the pandemic

  • Scott LaMar
Kris Jaeger with Broad Street Ministry distributes food as part of a new initiative called Step Up to the Plate, during a rainstorm outside of City Hall in Philadelphia, Monday, April 13, 2020. The program aims to help those with food insecurity and is a partnership of Broad Street Ministry, Prevention Point Philadelphia, and Project HOME, with the City of Philadelphia.

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Kris Jaeger with Broad Street Ministry distributes food as part of a new initiative called Step Up to the Plate, during a rainstorm outside of City Hall in Philadelphia, Monday, April 13, 2020. The program aims to help those with food insecurity and is a partnership of Broad Street Ministry, Prevention Point Philadelphia, and Project HOME, with the City of Philadelphia.

There are more people and families who are experiencing hunger or food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s not surprising since so many lost their jobs and income.

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is making food available to about 40-thousand more people each month than before the pandemic. All told, the Food Bank is providing meals to more than 200,000 Central Pennsylvanians each month.

Thursday is a special day on WITF and an important day, as well. Every November with the holidays and cold weather looming, WITF is on the air with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank for one day to raise money that goes toward feeding families.

It is important every year but maybe even more significant in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A new partner this year – Weis Markets – is an essential part of this effort, as well.

Appearing on Thursday’s Smart Talk are Joe Arthur, Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Ron Bonacci, Vice President of Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations, Weis Markets, and Food Bank Volunteer Elizabeth Fagan.

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