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Franciscan Center continues to hand out meals during coronavirus state of emergency

Posted at 5:00 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 18:16:04-04

BALTIMORE — The coronavirus doesn't stop the need to help the less fortunate and the Franciscan Center in North Baltimore is making adjustments to keep the free meals coming to its most needy clients.

Usually people file into the center, grab a meal and sit down together and eat. Now they are standing outside of the doors, waiting for staff and volunteers to give them a bagged lunch, said Jeffrey Griffin, the executive director of the Franciscan Center.

Staff members have been getting in early to put together sandwiches, bags of fruits and veggies and other snacks to give out. They are also continuing to give out a hot meal a couple times a week during dinner, said Griffin.

Griffin said if people are looking to help, they could use a couple of tents to help keep people dry on the days the weather does not cooperate during lunch and dinner service. They could also use a few extra vans to help deliver bags of food to area neighborhoods and communities to give out to those who are unable to leave their homes or can't easily access a grocery store.

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