During COVID-19, Food Pantry Finds New Approach to Hands-On Support

Somerville, NJ’s Feeding Hands Food Pantry is working through the coronavirus outbreak to get vital supplies to its community. To help, the DRI Foundation has provided a donation through its Global Pandemic Fund.  

Feeding Hands has worked to establish programs such as food pantries to assist the poor and serve its neighbors in need through engaging individuals, churches, and businesses.

“We truly appreciate your partnership in addressing the needs within our community. It is a blessing to know we are standing ‘hand-in-hand’ with so many amazing people to feed and care for those living on the edge,” the organization said in a message to supporters.

Since the start of the outbreak, the organization has found alternatives to its usual “hands-on” approach to helping. “We have implemented a personal shopper program to select food and deliver it to the car of guests who are sick or at higher risk, minimizing exposure for those such as the cancer patient who arrived for food for the first time yesterday,” they said.

They have also developed a drive-through format to distribute food without close contact, keeping volunteers, guests, and the community at a lower risk of exposure while still keeping food flowing to those in need.

The DRI Foundation is proud to support such nonprofit organizations in communities impacted by disasters to provide crucial assistance. 100 percent of the money collected for the Global Pandemic Fund will go to small, local organizations that are an integral part of their communities. Click here to donate.