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HOW YOU CAN HELP DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

HOW YOU CAN HELP DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

HOW YOU CAN HELP DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

Even with the government, companies and charitable organizations all pitching in to help those in need during the Covid-19 outbreak, many people are still in dire need of help. Fortunately, various organizations have shifted into high gear to help Americans with food, money and even shelter. If you want to pitch in or donate, here are some suggestions that may help you get started:

  • Food banks report a 100 percent increase in demand that has increase steadily over the past several weeks. Some food banks keep running out of food. You can help. Feeding America is the largest hunger relief non-profit in the U.S. They provide food for more than 200 food banks across the country. You can contribute monetarily from the website homepage. This is a legitimate organization that rates highly with Charity Navigator, a watchdog over charities and non-profits. If you have any questions about the operation of a charity or non-profit, it is a good idea to always check it out with Charity Navigator.
  • If you choose to donate to an organization that supports health care workers, consider Direct Relief. During the COVID-19  outbreak, Direct Relief is playing a key role in providing masks, gloves and gowns to healthcare workers in the most heard hit areas, internationally.
  • There are more than 9,000 food and beverage establishments in Louisiana, employing fully 11 percent of the working population. Be assured that most of those workers are currently unemployed. Restaurant Workers Community Foundationprovides direct financial relief to restaurant owners trying to maintain payroll, and to individual restaurant workers. Of the $4.6 million in donations the Foundation received by the end of April, 50 percent will be directed to individual workers and 25 percent will provide zero interest loans to restaurant owners to help them re-open.
  • Seniors make up approximately 11 percent of the Baton Rouge population, and 30 percent of those individuals live alone. With stay-at-home orders still firmly in place,
  • Meals on Wheels has become a critical need provider in this city. Senior citizens who are in need of food delivery may call the Council on Aging at (225) 923-8000. The Council is partnering with Meals on Wheels to deliver food to seniors in their residences
  • The Red Cross reports that blood and plasma donations are needed nationwide now. In Baton Rouge, you can donate blood through LIFESHARE. When you click on the link you can enter your zip code and the date you would like to donate to see nearby places where you can donate. You can also donate blood and plasma through VITALANT. Click on the link for locations.

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