Friday, April 17, 2020

In the News: food pantry needs donations; guidelines for states to reopen

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

food pantry needs donations
“We expect that we’ll see the numbers continue to grow, because of people losing their jobs, and unemployment benefits taking time to kick in,” Franklin Food Pantry Executive Director Lynn Calling said.

In addition to new clients, the Franklin pantry is seeing the return of people who had previously stopped needing its services.

“When we open up at 9:30 (a.m.), there is sometimes a line of cars,” she said. “Usually the first hour or so we are pretty busy. The Police Department has been helping us out with traffic control.”

DeAngelo said he thinks some of the increase is also because local churches and other organizations that offer free suppers can no longer do so."

Franklin Food Pantry

guidelines for states to reopen
President Donald Trump is set to issue new guidelines to states on Thursday aimed at easing social distancing restrictions and reopening parts of the country as the U.S. grapples with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

States will have to meet a certain set of “medical metrics” before they can feel safe reopening, according to the guidelines provided by senior administration officials. The officials did not provide details on metrics, but stressed that they are “recommendations” and provide governors and local leaders with flexibility.

The president has said that some states could lift restrictions, send people back to work and open schools before the current guidelines aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus end May 1.

CDC "Work for America" plan

White House "Opening Up America Again" Plan

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