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LAKE CHARLES, LA, April 20 – United Way of Southwest Louisiana and Second Harvest Food Bank will host a contact-free, drive-through grocery box distribution for A.L.I.C.E. community members experiencing food insecurity.
ALICE is an acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. For these families, the COVID-19 outbreak has made it even harder to take care of basic needs. People who are part of the ALICE population are those that have been laid off, experienced wage/hour cuts or who are working a job that cannot be done remotely.
“Before the outbreak reached Southwest Louisiana, 27% of our families were living paycheck to paycheck while working and hovering just above the poverty line where they could not receive benefits,” explains Denise Durel, President & CEO of United Way of Southwest Louisiana. “They are hard-workers that don’t ask for help and sometimes don’t even realize that they need it. We have heard from them in overwhelming numbers and ensuring they have food in the pantry is something we can do to ease their anxiety right now.”
The event will be held at the Vinton High School parking lot Monday, April 27th 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A second event will be held in the parking lot of the Prien Lake Mall from 11 am to 1 pm on Wednesday, April 29. For the latest information see unitedwayswla.org/food.
Second Harvest Food Bank will donate enough boxes for 2,000 families. No registration is required and boxes will be provided as long as supplies last.
Anyone interested in donating to the Coronavirus Response Fund at United Way of Southwest Louisiana can see unitedwayswla.org/corona. This fund is assisting ALICE families with food and necessities during the outbreak.
For more information on United Way of Southwest Louisiana, visit unitedwayswla.org or call 337.433.1088.
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