Food Bank Struggling; Needs Donations

03/30/2020
NEWS BRIEFS
LPC Humane Society Thrift Store open, lpchumanesociety.org
SJBPH requires restaurants and camps to complete an infection prevention checklist and self-certify, sjbpublichealth.org
SJBPH and La Plata County Sheriff’s Office are implemented facility-wide COVID-19 testing of staff at the county jail,sjbpublichealth.org
SJBPH is offering prioritized COVID-19 worksite testing, contact Tracie Holcomb at tholcomb@sjbpublichealth.org for more
Colorado statewide guide to restaurant reopening available at https://covid19.colorado.gov/
Durango requires face covering in public spaces (businesses, public transit, and indoor and outdoor public places where people can not maintain 6 feet of social distancing), durangogov.org
as of 10 am, May 29 -Southwest Colorado confirmed COVID-19 cases by county: La Plata (80), Archuleta (8), Montezuma (39), Dolores (0), San Juan (1). Deaths due to Covid: Montezuma (2), Deaths among cases: LaPlata (1), Montezuma (1), sjbpublichealth.org, montezumacounty.org
Colorado COVID-19 totals: 25,121 cases, 1,421 deaths among cases, 1,168 deaths due to COVID-19, 4,254 hospitalized, 166,596 tested, 272 outbreaks, colorado.gov

The Durango Food Bank continues to serve residents in need with drive-up service, but it can use donations. Buy online and have the food shipped to the Food Bank or drop-off items.

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THE DURANGO FOOD BANK CONTINUES TOSERVE THOSE IN NEED EVEN AS THE CORONAVIRUS SPREADS ACROSS THESOUTHWEST. YOU'RE WATCHING THE LOCAL NEWS NETWORK. I'M WENDY GRAHAMSETTLE. WITH MANY LOCAL DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS SHUTDOWN FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE, HOW IS THE COMMUNITY PREPARING TOSUPPORT AREA RESIDENTS STRUGGLING WITH FOOD INSECURITY? THE DURANGOFOOD BANK SAYS IT IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING EMERGENCY FOOD RELIEFEFFORTS TO ALL RESIDENTS AS LONG AS IT IS SAFE ENOUGH TO DO SO, BUTENCOURAGES FAMILIES WHO NEED SUPPLIES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE DAYSTHEY ARE OPEN. THE FOOD BANK IS EVALUATING THE ABILITY TO REMAIN OPENDAILY. SARAH SMITH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE DURANGO FOOD BANKREMINDED COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN A RECENT NEWS RELEASE THAT NOT EVERYONEWILL BE ABLE TO SELF ISOLATE SHOULD THE NEED ARISE. AREA RESIDENTSSTRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET AREN'T IN A POSITION TO STOCK UP IN THEEVENT OF UNEXPECTED SITUATIONS LIKE THE THREATENING COVEN 19PANDEMIC.

IN ORDER TO HELP THE MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN,SENIORS AND FAMILIES PREPARE FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF SELF ISOLATION,THE DURANGO FOOD BANK IS DISTRIBUTING SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD BAGS THROUGHA DRIVE UP. RESIDENTS SHOULD STAY IN THEIR CAR, SO VOLUNTEERS CANBRING FOOD BAGS OUT TO THEM. A FOOD STAMP BACKLOG THAT INCREASEDDEMAND BY 55 PERCENT, COMBINED WITH A HALT IN FOOD DONATIONS DUE TORECENT GROCERY HOARDING AND DECREASED CORPORATE CONTRIBUTIONS PAIREDWITH THE EFFECTS OF THE CORONAVIRUS COULD MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR THEFOOD BANK TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE SUPPLIES. GETTING AHEAD OF THESITUATION BEFORE THE VIRUS HITS OUR COMMUNITY IS THE FOOD BANKSPRIMARY GOAL. THE FOOD BANK SAYS IT IS DOING EVERYTHING IT CAN TOPROVIDE A SAFETY NET FOR THOSE IN NEED NOW, EVEN IF IT LEAVES THEMSHORT OF SUPPLIES DOWN THE ROAD. THE FOOD BANK SAYS IT NEEDS CRUCIALCONTRIBUTIONS, INCLUDING HIGH PROTEIN FOODS LIKE CANNED MEATS, BEANS,AND PEANUT BUTTER. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN HELP OR TOMAKE A DONATION, EMAIL DURANGO FOOD BANK AT DURANGO DOT NET OR CALL(970) 375-2672 THANKS FOR WATCHING THIS EDITION OF LOCAL NEWSNETWORK. IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEE THIS STORY AGAIN, VISIT OUR WEBSITEWHERE YOU CAN SIGN UP TO HAVE US DELIVER YOUR NEWS DIRECTLY INTO YOURINBOX. I'M WENDY GRAHAM. SETTLE FOR THE LOCAL NEWS NETWORK.

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