United Way partners with local restaurants to feed those in need

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The United Way of Southeast Alaska is stepping up to help the homeless in Juneau who are quarantined with meals from more than a dozen local restaurants.

    CARES Act funding is aiding the purchase of those meals. The Glory Hall is volunteering to deliver them.

    Wayne Stevens, the President/CEO of United Way of Southeast Alaska, says the system they have created is working to help those in need.

    "Basically we've created a system, are managing it and working it, and making sure meals get produced that are of the quality that we're paying for," Stevens said. "The Glory Hall is donating the delivery portion of that."

    The program kicked into high gear once COVID-19 struck the homeless population in Juneau. Numbers of meals have recently gone up with the onset of winter weather and quarantine at Housing First and local hotels.

    The daily meal count has gone from 275 to 523 and then down to 481 in the past week. As of Monday, Oct. 26, a total of 14,225 meals have been served with coordination from United Way of Southeast Alaska.

    Another 37,317 additional meals are scheduled through Dec. 31, 2020.

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