For Hunger at Home, COVID-19 presented us with a call to action. Responding to food insecurity within the community is what we do, and this has been our moment to step up. We continue to provide food to our nonprofit partners, while expanding our program model to feed our neighbors severely affected by this crisis. In March, we enlisted a team of amazing executive chefs, foodservice, and volunteer workers to prepare and distribute 10,000+ meals per day.
Since then, we have distributed 5 million ready-to-eat, nutritious meals and food bags to recently laid off and furloughed workers, many from the hospitality, restaurant, and entertainment sector. Most of these individuals are minimum-to-low wage earners, with many having little or no savings. In January they were able to pay their rent and support their families. Now they wait in line for hours to receive free food.
As the crisis continues, we expect to see a dramatic increase in low-income and working-class neighbors in need of food. We continue to make adjustments and ramp up our efforts in preparation of a major increase in food insecurity.
Please consider making a financial contribution to our efforts today.