Our dedicated core of agencies that distribute food week in and week out are also challenged with providing delivery access to their buildings and getting the volunteers safely to the location to pass out the food. All that said, I think it is most difficult for struggling families who have to brave the cold and bad travel conditions to get to a pantry with limited hours of operation.
It isn’t quite the same as rushing to the grocery store and stocking up before the weather hits, as is the norm for most everyone else. They don’t control the amount of food they receive regardless of the weather. Most pantries don’t distribute enough food per family to cover the gap that is needed, so the client has to travel to another location probably on another day and time to try to meet their need.
Bad weather is difficult for everybody, but I’d rather have the resources to overcome it than have to face it without them.
Tim Kean is executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana. His column appears the third Sunday of each month. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.