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  • Claire, welcome to The Daily Social Distancing Show.

  • -How are you? -Mm. Thank you.

  • I'm-I'm really pleased to be here,

  • uh, under unfortunate circumstances,

  • but so pleased that you gave us an opportunity

  • to-to, uh, address your audience.

  • Oh, I-I'll be honest, I feel like the opportunity is ours,

  • because I've been reading through, um,

  • some of the material about Feeding America,

  • and it is honestly ridiculous

  • that A) how many people you need to feed

  • and also the fact that most people

  • don't even know that this is happening.

  • Tell us a little bit about Feeding America and what you do.

  • So we're a network of 200 food banks around the United States.

  • We partner with 60,000 food pantries,

  • soup kitchens, meal programs,

  • um, in normal times, with two million volunteers.

  • And we distribute over four billion meals

  • to over 40 million people,

  • and that's before this crisis.

  • So, to your point,

  • um, there's been a really serious food crisis

  • in this country before this pandemic,

  • and that crisis has only been made worse because of it.

  • Is there a misconception around who needs food

  • and who a food bank serves?

  • There absolutely is.

  • So, for instance, now,

  • the vast majority of the increase that we're seeing

  • would be among people who never imagined

  • that they'd ever need us.

  • I mean, the Federal Reserve Bank has estimated

  • that the typical American does not have

  • more than $400 to address an emergency.

  • So you miss one paycheck

  • and you're in the middle of a crisis

  • in the middle of a pandemic,

  • which a lot of people are experiencing right now.

  • And even before this crisis,

  • sometimes just, uh, completely unexpected things happen

  • -to people in their lives. -Mm-hmm.

  • And, as a result, they find themselves

  • in a position of really needing help,

  • and our network tries hard to make certain

  • to serve them with dignity and respect,

  • because we know that so many of us

  • could find ourselves in the exact same position one day.

  • We hope it wouldn't happen.

  • Uh, but should it happen,

  • we want to be there to serve people

  • with-with dignity and respect that they deserve.

  • You talk about feeding 40 million before coronavirus,

  • the number jumping up by as many as 17 million

  • in the coming month or months.

  • How are you scaling up?

  • We are reading about food slowly, um,

  • diminishing across the country and even across the world

  • as global supply chains start to break down.

  • Are you managing with this? Are you coping?

  • And what are you doing to scale up

  • in getting food to the people who need it?

  • Well, we're working very actively

  • with farmers and industry leaders.

  • And we're also working with the government as well,

  • the Department of Agriculture, where we're-we're getting close,

  • I believe, to a meaningful partnership

  • where we really just turn this whole distribution system

  • on its ear and address the here and now challenges

  • and connect the dots,

  • because I don't know that our biggest issue

  • is a lack of food.

  • I think our biggest issue is

  • if we don't have an infrastructure

  • for delivering food in this new environment.

  • And we're working hard to connect those dots

  • so that we can be much better positioned,

  • uh, to use the excess that exists in certain places

  • and fill in the gaps that clearly exist in others.

  • There may be some people watching this right now,

  • thinking, "Claire, I-I appreciate

  • "what Feeding America is doing,

  • "but I don't know if I can contribute $100

  • to help a family get, um, meals."

  • What would you say to them?

  • I'd say to them that we value one dollar,

  • um, two dollars, three dollars.

  • The key is to give what you can.

  • Um, whatever you can provide,

  • I can assure you this,

  • that we take every investment

  • as a sacred trust in us and our network.

  • -Mm. -And in our COVID-19 fund,

  • which we established, and you can go to FeedingAmerica.org

  • and there you can donate.

  • If you have the ability to donate, then do.

  • If you don't, then, o-of course,

  • some people simply can't do that right now.

  • But if you can, FeedingAmerica.org.

  • If you donate to that COVID-19 fund,

  • 100% of the proceeds--

  • no administrative costs, nothing--

  • 100% goes directly back into communities

  • to make certain that we're feeding people who need us.

  • A second thing though that I strongly encourage people

  • to do as well is to go to the same website,

  • and if you type in your--

  • We have a-a food bank locator.

  • And if you put in the zip code for the community

  • that you have the biggest interest in helping,

  • you can go out and find a food bank

  • that's serving that community,

  • and sometimes what they need is volunteers.

  • They're in a very good position,

  • I guess, is the best way for me to say it,

  • at the community level to help--

  • you know how to help the community

  • that you care the most about.

  • Well, I'm hoping that you get all of the help that you need

  • on the federal level and from anybody who can help.

  • Thank you so much for taking the time today.

  • Uh, I hope as many people as possible come out

  • and help Feeding America to feed everybody in America.

  • Thank you for your time.

Claire, welcome to The Daily Social Distancing Show.

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