As grocery stores struggle to keep up with the demand for food during the COVID-19 pandemic, the strain is felt even more by those already struggling with food insecurity. Job losses, the risks of public transportation, and the absence of meal programs provided by schools that are closed make it increasingly more difficult for families to keep up with the need for food in their homes.
The Martin Luther King Junior Family Center in Springfield is stepping up to give families in need access to food. The center is also testing a new program to bring food to those most vulnerable to the coronavirus. Connecting Point’s Ross Lippman visited the MLK center to see how delivering food is keeping members of the community safe.