As we all take precautions against the potential spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, we think it is important to recognize that a very urgent economic crisis has already begun to spread across Central Florida. One that seems likely to get worse before it gets better.

For thousands of people working at low-wage jobs in our service economy, there is no question that hard times lie ahead. Our neighbors who work hard to support themselves and their families are already experiencing reduced paychecks or outright layoffs as conventions, sporting events, and other large gatherings are cancelled.

Too few of these folks have been able to set aside funds for emergencies like this, and obtaining the basic needs of life will quickly become all-consuming for them. A spike in demand for food across our community calls for a response from those of us who still have resources available to help.

We are prepared to provide additional food to those in need. But we can’t do it without you!

If you are fortunate enough to be someone who isn’t facing an immediate threat to your livelihood, won’t you please consider what you might be able to share to help someone else get through this tough time?

Your gift today can help make the difference for struggling families, seniors, children, and others for whom this economic tidal wave will be very difficult to endure. They need you now.

Thank you in advance for your compassion, and for your generosity.