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Anne Arundel County Food Bank in need of donations amid COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 6:02 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 18:37:27-04

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. — The Anne Arundel County Food Bank is so critical year round and now more than ever due to the coronavirus.

Susan Thomas is the Executive Director of the Anne Arundel County DoodBbank. Her job is difficult year round at best, but now donations are way down and a lot of food they have to purchase.

"We just started four new donation sites at the park and recs," she said.

Quiet Waters, Kinder Farm Park, Downs Park and Fort Smallwood Park all have donation boxes now. That's good because park use in Anne Arundel County is up 60 percent.

"People are going there to exercise and get out of the house," she said. "Hopefully it will create an easier way for people to donate."

One of the problems for food banks now is $100 doesn't buy as much as it used to.

"So with the money that it would take to purchase an item, some of them are doubling due to the pandemic and the supply and demand. So some of the items cost us double what it would normally cost to get it," she explained.

With about two and a half times more people needing food now from the food banks, it's critical to keep donating. You can even donate virtually by ordering from places like Target and Amazon and have them shipped to here.

Click here for a link to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank.