Pandemic Brings a Rise in Hunger in the Bay Area

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For Bay Area food banks, securing funding and supplies is increasingly difficult during the pandemic.  The challenges come as the need for food assistance is rising.  Long lines have become common at food banks, and Second Harvest Food Bank in Silicon Valley is seeing a 100 percent increase in the number of people calling its food connection hotline, many for the first time. As the economic impact of the virus on families and individuals grows, we’ll hear how Bay Area food banks are coping.


Michael Altfest, director of community engagement, Alameda County Community Food Bank

Jane, uses the food pantry at the Richmond Neighborhood Center

Connie Rivera, volunteer and participant at the Mission Food Hub