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Paul's Pantry expects to serve more people because of recent lay-offs

Posted at 8:32 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 00:59:59-04

GREEN BAY (WGBA) -- Executive Director Craig Robbins said more people have been calling about ways to join the program at Paul's Pantry. He says the reason behind more calls - more people have been laid off because of COVID-19.

"The jobless numbers are just incredible right now," Robbins said. "We have already received numerous calls about how to sign up."

The pantry is still running, because Robbins said they are an essential part of service for many in Green Bay.

"We are a grocery store," Robbins said. "A grocery store for the poor."

However, they are taking the necessary steps to limit the spread of germs. Their waiting room has chairs spread out and only 5 people are allowed in at a time. After the day is over, volunteers and staff members disinfect every surface.

"We have gloves for people if they want to use them," Robbins said. "We wipe down every surface."

Donations are also still encouraged. Many other non-profits in Green Bay have temporarily closed their locations. The pantry says they need the help of the community to get through this tough time.

"We always need food and volunteers," Robbins said. "Especially now, we don't want to turn our back on people."