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Mill Creek Community Food Bank strains to keep up with growing need

Donations are distributed as fast as they're delivered.

Series: Coronavirus | Story 88

Last updated 5/15/2020 at 9:28am

Beacon photo by Christopher Kim

Volunteers and workers stand with shopping carts flled with food and supplies to bring out to customers waiting at the parking lot. Tens of thousands of pounds of canned food, produce, and supplies line the walls within the Mill Creek Community Food Bank's storage units to be entirely distributed over the week. The weekly donations only last a week.

The Mill Creek Community Food Bank has struggled to keep up with rapidly growing demands in recent weeks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Since the outbreak, workers have been furloughed, schools have shut down, and businesses have taken a damaging blow in their income.

Families that are impacted by the circumstances have turned to the community food bank, seeking necessities and supplies. 

According to the Hope Creek Charitable Foundation, the organization that oversees the food bank, that need has grown by 50% and will likely continue to rise as the months drag on.

The food bank,...

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