In March, Shared Harvest Foodbank more than doubled the amount of food it distributed compared to 2019, which in turn doubled the number of volunteers needed to pack boxes, doubled the size of trucks to carry supplies to food pantries, and doubled the strain on their infrastructure.
Shared Harvest Foodbank also quickly adjusted their existing system from a “Choice Pantry” model to prepacked boxes that make the process safer for families, staff and volunteers.
“The support of the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund allowed us to quickly shift our operations and still provide our service to the community, and to meet people in different ways,” says Executive Director of Shared Harvest Foodbank Terry Perdue.
The COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, activated by Greater Cincinnati Foundation and United Way of Greater Cincinnati, has distributed more than $4.6 million into the community and will continue to support those who are most disproportionately affected by—and most vulnerable to—the health, economic, education, housing, and social impacts of the crisis.
In response to the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic, Greater Cincinnati Foundation and United Way of Greater Cincinnati have activated the cross-sector COVID-19 Regional Response Fund to quickly address the critical needs of our community. To learn more about the organizations impacted by this fund, visit www.covid19regionalfund.org/impact.