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Food Bank changes system during COVID
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Warren County Emergency Food Bank continues its dedication to provide temporary emergency food assistance to local families. Pictured are volunteers Anna Griffith and Lester Cowell. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Food insecurity may be higher than ever this year due to COVID-19, making the Warren County Emergency Food Bank an important asset. The Food Bank gives food to families that aren’t able to buy every meal. 

The Food Bank has changed its system since the pandemic to require way less contact. The application process is still the same through the Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency. However, the Food Bank’s doors are locked during open hours. 

If you’re accepted into the program, you can slip your Social Security card and address through the door. A volunteer will get a package ready based on the size of your family and load it into your car. Volunteers have the new added duties of preparing boxes for families, whereas before, people could pack their own food. 

Food Bank volunteer Anna Griffin said they are including an extra bag of just snacks and treats to make this year a little more bearable.

Outside of the pandemic, the Food Bank is usually looking for volunteers. But this year, officials are trying to limit the amount of people working. You can still help the Food Bank in other ways, though. 

Non-perishable foods are still accepted, especially now when so many people are out of work or their income is less reliable. Many events the Food Bank relies on for donations have been canceled this year, making it difficult to get the word out. 

This past week, however, saw a slight increase in donations due to Thanksgiving. 

Griffin said, “The Food Bank is a great reflection on the community that people are so kind to help people with financial problems.” 

Donating is a small and easy thing, she noted, to help someone in need whether there’s a pandemic or not. Holidays are going to be harder for everyone, she said, but the Food Bank makes it less hard for families across Warren County. 

You can drop food donations off at the Food Bank office on West Morford Street and monetary donations are accepted via mail at P.O. Box 944, McMinnville, TN 37111.