OSL Seattle and Uplift Northwest are partnering to arrange a whole bunch of meals that will likely be handed out on Thanksgiving day to assist these in want.
SEATTLE — With the Thanksgiving vacation simply days away, organizations in Washington that feed the hungry are struggling to quickly adapt to the brand new coronavirus restrictions.
In a typical 12 months, the constructing OSL operates out of in Seattle is full of tables, chairs and hustling volunteers getting ready a heat environment and a scorching meal for these in want on Thanksgiving, however not in 2020.
“There’s a way of consolation whereas they’re sitting and consuming and when COVID hit, we needed to transfer the whole lot outdoors,” mentioned Kellie Bell, govt chef for OSL, an organizations that feeds hundreds of homeless and underserved individuals locally every single day.
She mentioned thanksgiving is one her favourite days of the 12 months, however this time it seems to be totally different.
“The to go packing containers,” she mentioned. “This isn’t essentially what we need to do, however at the least everyone seems to be getting fed.”
As a substitute of a scorching buffet type meal and area to eat they’re getting ready boxed dinners to be handed out on Thanksgiving. And it’s a Thanksgiving that’s positive to be one of many busiest they’ve ever seen.
“On Thanksgiving day there’s going to be an amazing quantity of people who find themselves nonetheless hurting and nonetheless want our providers,” mentioned Gina Corridor, govt director for Uplift Northwest.
OSL is partnering with Uplift Northwest, a company that assists with discovering jobs and sources for these in want, to assist present meals this 12 months.
“Due to the excessive price of residing in Seattle there’s a disproportionate quantity of individuals which might be actually struggling. Now, post-COVID the wants are a lot larger,” Corridor mentioned.
Extra individuals than ever want their providers and whereas they’ll’t assist everybody, they mentioned they received’t hand over on these they’ll.
“This pandemic has modified the whole lot about how we, Uplift Northwest, does our work. What it hasn’t modified is, we’re nonetheless dedicated to the people, the women and men who stroll by our doorways every single day,” Corridor mentioned.
“I imply the whole lot actually simply modified and once I let you know we didn’t skip a beat, we didn’t skip a beat,” mentioned Bell.