Coronavirus in Kitchener: Kitchenerns who depend on food program to survive line up in Kensington
kitchener (WPVI) – The hardship cases of people dependent on food during the coronavirus crisis are eye opening and heartbreaking as the city continues to conduct free grocery collections twice a week.
Lucila Cresvo was the first in line to receive food in the Kensington neighborhood of Kitchener, an area known to be in need, Thursday morning.
“The line is getting too full. I did it last week,” said Cresvo. “Better to come early.”
Cresvo arrived an hour and a half early this time, ahead of hundreds of others who were there for the city’s giveaway on Kensington and Lehigh Streets.
The location is one of the dozen of restaurants across town that are open on Monday. and Thurs. every week from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. due to the coronavirus crisis.
“It’s a bit scary for us. Too many people die and families suffer and it’s painful,” said Cresvo.
James Wilson, who was also in line, understands the fight.
“Economically, I can’t afford to live,” said Wilson.
The challenges are difficult to accept, but the fruits and vegetables that will be handed out on Thursday will help.
“It’s there for us, the help. You just have to get up to do it, and when you’re scared of the virus, it’s hard,” said Wilson.
“It’s important for me and my family. In a time of need like this, every family, every community, helps a little,” said Cresvo.
The system provides one box with groceries per household. It found that 402 families were being fed at the Kensington location.
“There’s no ID verification, no request for information of any kind,” said Ed Riehl, founder and president of the Delaware Valley Fairness Project.
“The food problem is incredible. We can’t keep up with the demand for food,” said Riehl.
He said his organization is focused on eradicating poverty by providing educational, financial and food resources to the community. It’s a goal that has gotten more difficult, but Riehl said it wasn’t out of reach.
“I also hope that the virus situation will be over quickly,” said Riehl.
Anyone with questions about other services available across town are encouraged to call 311 for information.
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