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Food bank makes plea to remember those in need during coronavirus outbreak

'I’m asking the people of the city of Atlanta to please help Hosea helps by bringng us food items to give away.'

ATLANTA — In all of the frenzy around coronavirus, a local food bank does not want one of the most vulnerable populations to go overlooked during the outbreak.

Non-profit organization, Hosea Helps, says it needs more food and supplies to be prepared to support the shut-in elderly and homeless. 

"We need to add to the food boxes we're giving away on a daily basis," said Hosea Helps CEO, Elisabeth Omilami. 

She made the ask in front of a crowd of about three dozen people during a South Fulton community meeting on the virus. 

Hosea Helps says it already delivers food boxes to more than 60 families in need every week. With coronavirus concerns growing, Omilami says the organization needs more food donations to feed a family of four for two weeks. 

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"I’m asking the people of the City of Atlanta to please help Hosea Helps by bringing us food items to give away," she said.

They will also add supplies to the boxes to safeguard against the virus and treat it. 

Omilami called on high-profile members of the city to help. 

"People who have means need to give Hosea either the money to buy the food wholesale," she said. "Or they need to have food drives so that we don't run out of food."

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