Foodbank Preparing for Possible Local Impacts of COVID-19 Outbreak: Focus on Nutrition for Families and Seniors
Countywide Disaster Feeding Plan will guide emergency food distribution planning and implementation
In light of the anticipated continued spread of COVID-19, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and leading health organizations and healthcare providers, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County along with Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks, is actively preparing to meet the nutritional needs of all county residents as local impacts unfold.
The Foodbank is prepared to accomplish its mission to provide healthy food for all who need it, even in the case of multiple complicating factors likely to arise with coronavirus affecting local residents.
Such complications could include dramatic increase in need throughout the county due to imposed or mass self-quarantines, school closures, disproportionate impacts to seniors, and widespread secondary economic effects for those who lose work and income as a result of changes to business practices, reduction in consumer activity and other economic impacts.
Source: Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, edhat.com