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Coronavirus: Durham food banks in need of donations amid COVID-19 pandemic

As concerns surrounding the COVIC-19 pandemic continue to grow, food security is one at the top of the list.

In Durham, food banks are seeing an increase in people using the service and the need for donations is becoming dire.

A group in Whitby ran a food challenge to help out.

The Salvation Army in Whitby has been stretched thin since Christmas.

Now with the COVID-19 pandemic, they are even more hard-pressed for resources.

“These are unchartered waters and people are coming to us in droves,” said Major Ken Percy, Salvation Army Whitby pastor and officer.

Besides helping to supply other food banks, Percy says they’re also helping around 50 households a day and the need for donations is great.

They fear that number could double in the coming days.

“We pack food that 2020, 2021 expiry dates. Right now we’re giving out food that’s expiry date is 2023. We are in unprecedented waters, we’re hoping that right now, that we will not run out of food but it’s getting pretty close,” said Percy.

The Whitby Care Mongers held a food drive challenge on Monday, looking to gather as much as possible in four hours.

“We were getting a significant number of calls because of food insecurity. We decided we better get out there and get what we could while we could,” said Niki Lundquist, Durham Region Care Mongers.

The friendly competition saw vehicle after vehicle drop off donations.

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