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Coronavirus concerns prompt changes at Flathead Food Bank

Posted at 5:53 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 19:53:11-04

KALISPELL — The main shopping area at the Flathead Food Bank is closing and volunteers are now being sought to help deliver pre-packaged foods to vulnerable populations.

Food bank executive director Jamie Quinn says most of the organization's volunteers are older and are the most vulnerable population for contracting coronavirus. So Quinn says they have that those volunteers to stay home for their safety.

While the main shopping area is closed, she told MTN News that the bank will proved pre packaged meals for those in need. That service will start March 19 and packages will be delivered curbside to people's cars.

However, the Flathead Food Bank still needs to provide meals to those in need, and is asking for help.

"If your kiddo is able to take direction and does not need babysitting twenty-four seven, we can definitely get them packing different food for the community because it's really really important right now," said Quinn.

Quinn explained that each volunteer will work at separate tables and away from each other with appropriate social distancing and added that they're limiting the number of volunteers in the building to 10 or under.

She emphasized how important keeping the food bank open during this time for those in need. For example, if one volunteer gets sick, the entire food bank needs to shut down for two weeks.

If you're interested in volunteering, the Flathead Food Bank is located at 1203 U.S. Hwy 2 W, Kalispell, MT 59901