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Michigan food banks face rising demand after stay home order

Empty grocery store shelves
Lester Graham
Michigan Radio

Food banks are among those essential services exempt from the governor’s stay home order. And many Michiganders agree.

Since the outbreak began, Michiganders are turning more and more to food banks

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan serves local pantries and other groups providing food and other supplies to people in 22 counties.

CEO Kara Ross says the governor’s order has not altered their operations.

But Ross says they’re shipping twice as much food compared to before the outbreak, with fewer volunteers.

“Our truck drivers, our outreach team, warehouse teams…the people that are doing this work….are showing up…they want to be here.  They want to be part of what’s going on,” says Ross.

Some local food pantries that distribute food have been forced to scale back operations or temporarily shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.