Some organizations have slowed down since the Coronavirus outbreak started.
Work at the Hunger Prevention Center in Dumfries, however, has ramped up.
Action in Community Through Service (ACTS) opened the Hunger Prevention Center in August 2018.
Previously called the ACTS Food Pantry, the Hunger Prevention Center serves eastern Prince William County.
Last month, more than 70,000 pounds of food was given away to over 2,000 people, according to Program Manager Philip Edney.
“The Coronavirus really stepped up our game and we’re here trying to make sure that people are fed,” Edney said.
Those in need are normally required to provide documentation. For the time being, they just need to present a photo ID.
In addition to distributing food at the facility, home deliveries are being provided for seniors and those unable to come to the center.
“Just because COVID hit, we didn’t quit, and we’re not going to quit,” Edney said. “We’re going to make sure that each and every one of you who come[s] to us gets food.”
Food donations from grocery stores have dwindled recently. Churches, groups and individuals have stepped in to assist.
The Hunger Prevention Center appreciates all of the support.
“Large or small, it does not matter, because every bit helps, and — with the continuation of the … Coronavirus — there’s going to be more people that are going to need food, and we are here to make sure that they get fed,” Edney explained. “No one should go hungry. This is one organization that believes in ensuring that.
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