How to Help Food Banks in Need , During the Coronavirus Crisis. Food banks all over the U.S. are strained due to the coronavirus pandemic. There are several ways to help these organizations, even during a lockdown. Many have resource pages on their websites devoted to COVID-19 guidance. Food banks currently need money donations more than food donations. But non-perishable food donations are still gladly accepted. In addition, food banks are encouraging younger people to volunteer so that older volunteers can remain safe. Information about local food banks can be accessed online by entering a zip code into the Feeding America database