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Food Bank sees 120% growth in demand since COVID-19 crisis hit Arizona

Posted at 5:48 AM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 09:45:09-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona says it has seen a 120% growth in demand over the last few weeks.

Leaders say some people getting donations have never gotten help before, but are in need because of recent job or hour cuts.

The food bank says in all, demand is up about three times than what it was in late February and March.

The C.E.O. of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona says state and federal resources were granted and will help soon, but help is still needed from the community.

"We're here to serve. We do need community support. We are getting a lot of donations at and people are helping. We need to be able to pay for trucks and fuel and people and food and so all of that support is terribly needed in this high demand," says Michael McDonald.

Right now, the food bank is not accepting community food donations for safety reasons. Monetary donations are welcomed.