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CAC sees heightened need for food security

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MADISON (WKOW) -- As the coronavirus has closed many parts of the economy, more families don't know where they'll get their next meal.

WKOW is teaming up with Community Action Coalition and other local organizations, for a food drive this month.

At the CAC, their warehouse may seem full of food but the need is even higher than the supply, as requests for food assistance has doubled since the coronavirus started.

Just on Monday they were receiving a shipment of more than 15,000 pounds of apples.

Everything else in the warehouse will be sent out to nearly a hundred food pantries in Dane, Jefferson and Waukesha counties in a matter of weeks.

Starting this Thursday, WKOW is partnering with CAC to collect food and raise money to make sure those with food insecurities during this pandemic won't go hungry.

"We certainly wouldn't be able to do any of our work without donors volunteers and both in kind and monetary donations," Cait Badsing, with CAC said. "This is a really generous community, and a community that really likes to come together."

CAC can fund all its operational costs through grants so all the money raised will go directly to purchasing food in bulk.

Every dollar and a a half they raise will be able to purchase a pound of food.

But direct food donations are also encouraged.

While the CAC is not itself a food pantry, they provide the food to support many food pantry in the surrounding area.

To be able to do that more efficiently, they're looking to the community for help.

Their warehouse is currently filled to near capacity.

They normally have around one to two million pounds of food at a time, but because of the increased need due to the coronavirus, they're needing space for three million pounds of food at least.

So they're hoping someone can help them find a new warehouse to fit their needs.

"We're literally unloading semis by hand many days and that just really limits the amount of items we can get in and and how quickly we can get things in and out, the quicker we can get food in and out, the more people we can help," Badsing said.

The food pantries that they serve, just in Dane county, are currently helping 30,000 people a month.

You can find more information on the Feeding Hope Food Drive here.

Francisco Almenara

Reporter, WKOW

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