By Michael V. Hannigan
Part of Henderson County’s COVID-19 response has been aimed at day care centers, County Judge Wade McKinney said during a podcast Wednesday morning.
McKinney said when groceries stores were experiencing shortages in March, the County learned day care centers were having trouble getting staples like milk and bread.
“It became very apparent to us that something had to be done,” McKinney said, “so that these day cares could continue to operate because you did have people going to work.”
With the help of the Sheriff’s Office and the Fire Marshal’s Office, the County began providing things like milk, bread, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies for our local day cares.
“We did that for about three weeks until things stabilized and products were becoming available,” McKinney said.
Now the focus has shifted to food pantries, he said.
“I am very concerned about the tidewave that is coming, economically,” McKinney said. “That’s why our concern is as these economic consequences come to bear — you have foreclosures begining and you have all of these things — and you have people trying to feed their families. We’re concerned about our food pantries.”
McKinney said the County has been in contact with some area food pantries and learned that they are burning through their annual budgets because of the increased need. He said the County is working with some local organizations to try and get extra funds for food pantries.
“I encourage anyone and everyone that wants to do something and can, to look up your local food pantry,” McKinney said.
You can listen to the complete podcast below.