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Food banks, homeless shelters receive funding amid COVID-19 outbreak

Posted at 2:09 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 17:09:10-04

PHOENIX — As more families head to Valley food banks, more funding is coming to keep up with the demand.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced an extra $6.7 million will be given to food banks, nutrition programs and programs for the homeless.

It's part of the $50 million COVID-19 relief package signed into law over the weekend. $1 million will go to food banks, $5 million will go to homeless shelters and provide things like sanitation supplies to help slow the spread.

At Phoenix Rescue Mission's Hope for Hunger Food Bank, they say they'll not only be able to provide more food, but they also hope to deliver food to those in need.

“There are homeless people on our streets sheltering in place. They don’t want to go and have a meal with the greater community," Phoenix Rescue Mission CEO Ken Brissa said. "We have people on the streets that need food brought to them and that's what we exist to do so that funding is going to allow us to do that."

REMINDER: St. Mary's Food Bank says it saw a rush of large crowds Tuesday, possibly due to the 5 p.m. dedline for Governor Ducey's "stay at home" order. St. Mary’s Food Bank, however, will continue to be open throughout pandemic crisis, being considered an essential service to the community.