Created: November 17, 2020 06:55 PM
FARMINGTON, N.M. — Food banks have already been busy helping people through the pandemic, but now they’re about to become even busier as the holiday season approaches.
ECHO Food Bank in Farmington has been making preparations to meet incoming demand.
"Last year from January to October we distributed 1.2 million pounds of food. This year, for the same time frame, it’s 1.8 million pounds of food,” said ECHO Food Bank CEO, Nanette Pinckney.
The food bank has held several drive-thrus this month in Aztec, Farmington, and the Navajo Nation. Another drive-thru distribution is scheduled for Friday in Bloomfield and Saturday in Farmington for an event called Stuff the Bus.
While the food bank preps for December, Pinckney said they’re in need of more than just donations.
"Definitely gonna need a lot of volunteers to get boxes ready for the month of December,” Pinckney said.
The food bank has also received funding to help those affected by COVID-19 to pay bills, rent and even funeral expenses.
"That funding does run till the end of December and it's going pretty quickly now. There has to be proof of COVID exposure in order to access those funds, and we do have a couple of other funds if you're not affected by COVID as well,” Pinckney said.
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