We have made some temporary changes to our processes and programs due to the COVID19 virus. One major shift is that we cannot have a community dinner for our women until things are a little less restricting.
As we addressed this with our women, the thought was presented that we should turn our restriction into a blessing by using our time (and food) to do something good. The result is the Share the Bounty project.
As the world faces the challenges of COVID-19, the fear of diminishing access to fresh food and produce grows nationwide. The greater Philadelphia area ranks in the top 10 U.S. cities with the highest number of food insecure residents, with more than 12% of the population in our region before the pandemic. Here in Philadelphia County, the number is higher than the national average, with an estimated 302,685 people living with food insecurity and increasing.
During the pandemic we have been getting more food donations than usual from ShopRite, Relish Restaurant (takeout) and Wawa and we felt it was important that our neighbors have access to this food.
So, our women have decided to “share the bounty” and distribute this food to the community. Share the Bounty involves distribution of food 4 days a week.
Why Not Prosper women package the food according to what we have available and we ensure that the packages are balanced and have protein in them at least a couple of times a week. We are practicing social distancing and always include clean, healthy practices for food handling.
The food packages are set out on two tables at our offices and there is a measured distance of 6 feet. Our neighbors stop by our location and are very grateful for the food and very respectful of our social distancing requirements.
We are currently serving an average of 45 families a day.