by Tianna G. Hansen
With the pandemic has also come a greater wave of food insecurity in our community.
“All of us in the nonprofit sector of emergency food organizations recognize things are likely to get worse before they get better,” says Cathy Snyder, founder and executive director of Rolling Harvest Food Rescue.
Although the number of COVID deaths might have reduced and more businesses are opening, there remains an inordinately high percentage of people without work and without the protections or mandates to stop evictions and home foreclosures.
“There’s a whole new wave of vulnerability coming,” Cathy says. “We can’t let our guard down, and we can’t stop whatever we are able to do to amp up support – there is such a great need right now.”
While there are so many vulnerable people around us and their numbers continue to grow, Cathy sees a silver lining.
“People are starting to reach out more,” she says. “More and more, people are realizing, we’re all in this together and there’s no shame in asking for help. So many of us are in this situation.”
At Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, their goal is to increase access to donated fresh produce and other healthy foods to area hunger-relief sites that serve the at-risk, food-insecure population by providing local farmers and food producers with free, effective delivery and distribution of their surplus.
Recipient sites include food pantries, domestic violence shelters, low-income senior centers, children and family homeless shelters, and at-risk low-income adults with health challenges.
The Food Rescue team is composed of numerous volunteers on the frontlines who are out in the community every day working to feed those who are in need.
“It’s hard to develop healthier food options, but that’s what we need,” Cathy says. “We don’t need ‘comfort food’ – we need maximum health for our community right now. People need access to the healthiest, freshest food, but due to budgets and incomes, those foods are scarce.”
RHFR has hosted numerous emergency free farm markets during the COVID pandemic to help the community care for their family’s basic needs.
If you or your loved ones are facing food insecurity, unemployment, foreclosure or other struggles, help is available.
If you’re able, please consider donating to Rolling Harvest Food Rescue or volunteering your time to help feed the community.
Find more info at RollingHarvest.org or follow them on Facebook for regular updates.