WASHINGTON — With COVID-19 causing shoppers who can afford to panic buy to do so, those who are already food insecure are especially in need. The Washington Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Washington have teamed up to ask for donations for the Washington County branch of HACAP to help those who are suffering the most.
The organizations have started a “groceries for good” campaign to help out. For every $1 donated HACAP can purchase up to 6 pounds of food. The donations will be filtered to the HACAP director RenElla Crawford.
Donations can be made through paypal and all of the supplies purchased will go to families in need in Washington County. Main Street Washington Director Sarah Grunewaldt said the idea stemmed from a conversation she had with Washington County Public Health Director Danielle Pettit-Majewski. Pettit-Majewski expressed to her she was concerned about those in the community who rely on food pantries because when a disaster strikes the dependency rises significantly.
Grunewaldt said she then contacted HACAP to see what needs had arisen. Canned meats, gift cards and cleaning products were the top three things needed. However, with grocery stores already looking bare due to COVID-19 panic, Crawfords was concerned about receiving donations.
Instead, Crawfords explained she could use monetary donations to purchase needed supplies from the HACAP food pantry in Hiawatha. This would then prevent grocery store shelves from depleting and allow her to purchase more items for less. On Thursday, Crawfords was able to assist 12 families in two hours, making the need severe, she said.
“We all get into this mind-set about me. Everyone is in a bit of a panic ... that leaves nothing for the rest of us,” Grunewaldt said, explains although she may have the ability to live off what is in her own pantry for a week, other people may not. “There are people in this community that are not able to do that. Their cupboards are already bare and they are not making ends meet when we are not in a pandemic so understanding that and getting that communicated through is incredibly important.”
Those interested in donating may do so at: paypal.me/GroceriesForGood.