GRANTS PASS, Ore. — With many Southern Oregonians expected to lose their jobs in the coming weeks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Josephine County Food Bank is expecting more people to rely on their services.
As a result, the food bank is in need of volunteers to help assist with the increase in demand.
“We are just really trying to ramp up the urgency to get volunteers into the food banks so that way we can meet that need of both the low income and those that have been let go or maybe even lost their businesses," Josephine County Food Bank's executive director Kim Collins said.
On Friday, the food bank built 400 food boxes with the goal of building 600 each week for the foreseeable future. Boxes are built every Friday at 9 am at the Josephine County Food Bank. On Mondays at 9 am, the boxes will be filled and prepared to be sent out. Every Tuesday at 11 am, people in need will be served at the food bank.
Volunteers for all those services are "desperately" needed, according to Collins. People who are interested in volunteering should call (541) 479-5556 and ask for Crystal in order to be added to the schedule.
“We shouldn’t judge people for where they’re at in their life, we should just lend out a helping hand and help them," Collins said.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the Josephine County Food Bank is taking extra precautions to make sure facilities are sanitized, volunteers are practicing proper hygiene and maintaining social distances of 6 feet or greater.