The United States is facing multiple tragedies and disasters at the moment. The West Coast is up in flames, the Gulf Coast has been hit by a damaging tropical storm and a hurricane, and the entire country is still fighting off a pandemic. People have had to evacuate their homes or they have even been destroyed.
With millions out of work, and some out of homes, everyday life has been disrupted for them even more. Some of the most vulnerable are food insecure, and governments are stepping up to fill that void by issuing contracts.
Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, recently struck by Hurricanes Marco and Laura, is requesting proposals for food services to ease the burden of local nonprofits and food banks. This program aims to provide 3,333 people one meal a day for 30 days while also supporting local restaurants and kitchens. A total of 99,990 meals are expected to result from this contract. Bids are due by October 9.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services along with the Office of Family Assistance are inviting qualified food banks and food pantries to apply for grants to ease their financial burdens or expand their programs. The goal of the project is, “to better serve Ohio’s low-income communities experiencing food insecurity by increasing access or improving services of safe food availability and distribution.” The program budget of $250,000 will help as many firms as possible to feed Ohio citizens who are at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Applications for this opportunity are due September 30.
This year is a disaster, and everyone could use a little help. Hopefully, these conditions will breed more empathy for each other, and we can all better address each other’s needs. That could start with providing a hot meal to someone in need.
About the Author
Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in May 2021. He is most interested in human rights and social equity and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.