The coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented need for enhanced food services in Douglas County. At the onset of the pandemic, we quickly transitioned to curbside distribution and home delivery, providing more than 12,000 distributions since March, made possible by the generosity of our supporters.
We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the city and county to ensure relief reaches those most in need. This past week, our local commissions voted to allocate up to $200,000 in supplemental funding to reimburse Just Food for food expenses incurred and projected that exceed the amount originally budgeted for food purchases over the next six months. These additional funds better position Just Food to meet increased demand, enabling us to expand our curbside distribution program from two to four days per week. Additionally, Just Food is collaborating with clients and volunteers to develop a plan to resume in-person shopping in a way that follows CDC and local guidelines.
Though the economic impacts of COVID-19 will not end this spring, we are committed to ensuring every member of our community has access to healthy food for the duration of this crisis. We are grateful that these funds give us the capacity to do so. As a Board, we are humbled by our staff and volunteers who continue to demonstrate both the values of our community and the strength required of those on the front lines.
Just Food Board of Directors