BRACEBRIDGE, ON-In order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Manna Food Bank has changed how they are giving out food to people in need.

President of the Manna Food Bank Sam Robinson told the newsroom that staff will now be prepackaging food and leave it out for people to collect when they visit the food bank. 

Before people visit Manna, they can either call ahead of time or go to the website and file a grocery list. Once the list has been viewed by the bank, staff will compile all of the food on the list and leave it in a safe location to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. 

“The idea is to have further distancing between volunteers and clients because we can’t have people in the food bank now. This way we will have the food ready in advance and the groceries can be ready for them,” said Robinson.

Robinson said that while they appreciate the community’s support in helping the food bank, they are asking that people refrain from donating food as there are risks the virus could spread.      

If you would like to send a grocery list to the Manna Food Bank, you can either call 705-646-0114 or by visiting the website here.