EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — With kids out of school and parents out of work, the staff at a local food pantry are concerned they will not have enough food.
State governors in Minnesota and North Dakota have closed public schools and instructed school districts to develop distance learning plans. While the mandatory closure of all non-essential businesses during the shelter-in-place order by Gov. Walz in have caused people to be laid off and in need of help.
In fact, this week, one local pantry —East Grand Forks Food Shelf — has experienced twice the usual number of people come through its doors.
"Food shelf (usage) will double in the next month to three months so we're trying to provocatively get ahead of it to make sure we have the food everybody needs before they need it," said Lori Bjerk.
Locals are asked to drop off donations to the East Grand Forks Food Shelf Friday, March 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.