Charities brief ABC News’ David Muir on holiday preparations amid current food crisis, COVID-19

“Unfortunately, the food crisis persists.”

“About 40% of the people who turn to us for help have never relied on the charity food system,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, the largest hunger relief organization. from the country. “Unfortunately, the food crisis persists.”

An October report from Feeding America said the pandemic had created “the perfect storm” for food banks with increased demand but declining food donations, volunteer availability and other operational challenges.

With no immediate end to the crisis in sight, innovative Americans have launched new charities aimed at combating the spreading hunger plaguing the country. Tonight, a few share how they are preparing for the long winter months ahead.

Aidan Riley, a university student and founder of “FarmLink”, started the organization to connect farmers who had been forced to throw away spoiled food with food banks instead. On Monday, the organization announced plans to deliver one million Thanksgiving meals.

In May, FarmLink helped Idaho potato farmer Doug Hess deliver his potatoes to food banks in California.

“I would like to thank FarmLink for helping me move 125,000 pounds of potatoes that would otherwise have been wasted,” Hess said. FarmLink said it has since delivered more than 15 million pounds of food.

The East West Food Rescue, a North West-based group that buys surplus food from farmers and distributes it to those in need, said it plans to deliver 8,000 turkeys in time for Thanksgiving.

East West Food Rescue member Zsofia Pasztor said, “We’re keeping America strong during this COVID-19 pandemic.”

As COVID-19 continues to surge across the United States, food isn’t the only thing needed over the next few weeks — but also care for frontline workers.

Rine Uhm, co-founder of “Give Essential”, said they are working to ensure our frontline workers are taken care of while they take care of us.

“We were able to raise the equivalent of $1 million in donations for essential workers in all 50 states,” Uhm said.

A Chicago nurse who received a care package from Give Essential said tonight she felt grateful.

“I just wanted to say that this is a wonderful blessing for me and my family.”