ORLANDO, Fla. – Central Florida continues to wrestle with the consequences of COVID-19. Households throughout the neighborhood are nonetheless in want of help, particularly meals.
For an Orlando resident who fell ailing to coronavirus after she misplaced her job, the wrestle made her really feel hopeless.
“Issues grew to become troublesome, cash was powerful and I used to be attempting to maintain up on my payments,” Arlene Wright-Jammeh stated. “I reached a degree the place I hit all-time low I used to be like ‘you realize what? I’m kinda hungry,’ and I used to be sick so I didn’t wish to go away the home.”
In mid-March, she began to really feel uneasy. At first, she thought it was a chilly however a couple of weeks later, a COVID-19 check confirmed she was optimistic.
“Then my chest began to get actually heavy after which I acquired pink eye which I’ve by no means had in my life, simply issues weren’t figuring out, I knew one thing wasn’t proper with my physique,” Wright-Jammeh stated. “I by no means had a fever. That’s the odd factor. I by no means had a fever.”
Wright-Jammeh stated she recovered the second week of Could and shared with Information 6 her expertise of being alone and with nobody to convey her meals. Finally, she stated a state consultant referred her to Second Harvest Meals Financial institution of Central Florida.
“It took me a few days to name them as a result of there’s kind of a stigma hooked up to it for some folks (who’re) embarrassed to succeed in out for assist,” she stated.
The non-profit group, which serves six Central Florida counties, launched the Carry Hope Residence program in April.
“Kind of like an Uber eats platform the place they arrive and we kind of act because the restaurant,” Rachel Stankiewitch, the Well being & Starvation applications supervisor for Second Harvest, stated.
In response to the group, they noticed the necessity after receiving lots of of cellphone calls from involved residents within the first weeks of the pandemic.
“People who find themselves in that threat inhabitants, perhaps had some underlying well being points, people with disabilities, seniors,” Stankiewitch stated. “They had been saying ‘nicely I can’t get out, I can’t go away my house I would like somebody to convey meals to me.’”
Second Harvest Meals Financial institution works with a number of companies to make these house meals deliveries. They lately partnered with Amazon Flex drivers.
“Drivers have the aptitude to go to the six counties service space that we serve, however the quantity of calls that we get are primarily from Orange County, Osceola, and Seminole,” Stankiewitch stated.
Wright-Jammeh recalled she sought assist twice from the meals financial institution however now will get assist with authorities help. She stated the primary time she noticed the field of fruit and non-perishable meals was life-saving.
“Inside a few hours my doorbell rang and so they had left a lovely field of meals on my entrance porch and it helped me to a level I don’t even know that they understand how a lot it helped me.”
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