Tyra Jackson, Second Harvest Food Bank executive officer, says that they conduct about 35 food drives a month. They kept two today, one in the morning at the Champaign County Fairgrounds and another at noon at their Springfield site, because the need persists.
“In our community, in the state of Ohio and the United States, food insecurity has always been a concern. It’s only intensified with the COVID,” Jackson said.
She said they chose to hold more drives in more places to accommodate people who are unable to drive, hoping that the drives can be accessed by people who might need to walk.
They typically help 250-300 households, she said. And while they saw a slight decrease in need as businesses were allowed to reopen, there are still businesses that have yet to open up, and Jackson said they want to be there for them.
Second harvest issue
Jackson said they have an amazing network which provides a wide range of food. They’ve had an rise in operating expenses, though, particularly travel costs. He has said they are looking to recruit new personnel as the employees of the Ohio National Guard that served with them will not be there indefinitely.
The next food drive will be in South Charleston on Saturday. And then, there is a drive in Logan County every Monday. Which Jackson said, has one of the state’s highest unemployment rates.
In addition to COVID-19’s added burden, Jackson said Kroger’s closing on Springfield’s south side is creating an entry issue.
“It is a connectivity issue because of access issues. We just have two mobile phones in that area every 7 days,” Jackson said.
Governor Mike DeWine also tweeted the following. “However, from the last few days of May and first few days of June. We have started to see a slight increase in R0 measurements.”