Second Harvest Foodbank will serve roughly 10,000 more Clark, Champaign and Logan County households with schools closed due to COVID-19, or coronavirus, concerns, the food bank’s director says.
Tyra Jackson, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank, said the non-profit understands and supports the closing of schools, but also recognizes the strain it will place on families.
“We are prepared to do the best we can. There are going to be many families in our area that will need assistance,” Jackson said.
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Jackson said 100% of students within Springfield City School District, and 50% within Tecumseh Local School District, are eligible for free and reduced lunch.
“Those are two meals a day that are now going to be gone for those students,” Jackson said.
As of Friday morning, Jackson said the food bank has been communicating with all local school districts to form a plan to make sure students will have access to food.
The Springfield News-Sun has reached out to local school districts about school closures, we will update readers when we have a response.
Residents who are interested in donating to the food bank can do so through monetary donations, Jackson said.
“A lot of people have mentioned that they want to donate to food banks. But we order our food by the pallet, so monetary donations are the best right now,” Jackson said.
Donations can be made through the food bank's website.
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