Requests for food from AMEN House has increased 59 percent during the first three weeks of April, compared to the same time period in 2019, said Michele Carlisle, executive director.
During the first three weeks of this month AMEN House has served 787 food requests, compared to 494 in 2019, she said.
The increase is due to the economic shutdown because of COVID-19 and the number of layoffs related to that shutdown.
“We have registered 142 new families impacting 285 individuals since the healthy at home orders,” Carlisle said.
The food pantry has made adjustments due to guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including serving people at their vehicles.
“We have the most amazing volunteers that make our program happen,” she said. “Now, with fewer people in the building, as we are following the CDC guidelines of no more than 10 people in the building.
“Our clients never have to leave their cars. From a safe distance we can check them in, load up their car with food, and they can be on their way with minimal interaction.”
Anyone coming to AMEN House for the first time should bring a photo ID, proof of Scott County residency and a calculation of their household income.
“Our services are income based, but if anyone is struggling to feed their family we have a program to meet that need,” Carlisle said. “No need to call ahead, it only takes a few minutes to register your family once you arrive, and you will receive food the same day.”
AMEN House will also deliver food if someone is quarantined by the health department, immunocompromised, or your age puts you in an at risk category, she said.
The economic shutdown has increased the need for some families, so a supplemental allocation has been added to the food pantry’s services.
“We heard the call for more help from the families and have created a COVID-19 Supplemental Food Allocation,” Carlisle said. “If you have already been to AMEN House this month and your family needs more food assistance, you can return to the AMEN House for this new supplemental box of food.
“The only way we can offer all of these programs is the generosity of Scott County.”
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