by Catherine Ann Buckler
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — As everyone buys in bulk to avoid going outside during the COVID-19 pandemic, preparing can be harder for those who are experiencing food insecurity. To combat this extended concern of virus prevention, schools have remained open to serve meals and some corporations are donating food to their communities. In the state of Massachusetts, one in 11 residents are food insecure. This is categorized by the group Feeding America as "a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life."
Local food banks and homeless shelters in Boston are reassessing how to continue distributing food while staying within the guidelines from the CDC to practice social distancing and self-quarantining.
Here are just a few locations aimed at providing food to the community:
- The Greater Boston Food Bank
- Those looking to make donations, individually or with a team, interested in volunteering, know someone who needs food or needs food themselves, The Greater Boston Food Bank is taking precautions while moving forward as a source for the food insecure.
- For those in need of food, TGBFB has an online search tool to help find the nearest food assistance option.
- Boston Medical Center's Preventative Food Pantry
- The food pantry at BMC is aimed at helping those with "nutrition-related illness and under-nutrition for our low-income patients."
- St. Francis House
- St. Francis House offers a wide variety of assistance, including medical services, art therapy, and counseling. "Meals are free, no questions asked," according to their website.
- The Paulist Center
- According to the latest on their website, The Paulist Center's food pantry will continue with their regular schedule.
- Rosie's Place Pantry
- A sanctuary for women, Rosie's will be giving a week's worth of pre-bagged groceries to encourage those they serve with houses to stay indoors.