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A Friendly Reminder: Please Don’t Donate Your Edibles to a Food Bank

This is some after school special nonsense.

As with all crises, the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting struggling communities harder than others. Food-insecure folks find themselves unable to use food stamps for many grocery delivery services. In addition, the hoarding panic has kept those who do brave the supermarkets from buying WIC essentials needed for infants and children.

As a result, food banks are stepping in to fill the void, mobilizing volunteers to make sure that people get fed. 37 million people were food-insecure before the pandemic, but with job loss and businesses closing, that number grows ever higher.

Food banks are wonderful resources, and more than deserving of your donations, both in foodstuffs and in money. But when you’re donating food, please make sure that you are not donating edibles made with marijuana.

This seems like a ridiculous request. Who is donating edibles to food banks?! Whelp, it’s real and it happened in Utah of all places. Two children were hospitalized after eating Nerd Ropes candy laced with THC. According to the Roy City Police Department, the First Baptist Church of Roy (which partners with the Utah Food Bank) handed out 63 bags of food to 63 different families in need.

Each bag contained a few packages of candy, and it is not yet known how much of the candy has been tainted. Ginette Bott, president and CEO of the Utah Food Bank, released a statement saying, “We are absolutely horrified that this product went out to any of our partner agencies, and can easily see how volunteers would not have known what to look for.”

Bott added, “We are hopeful that there are no more candies out there, … We are in the process this morning of trying to backtrack through the one million pounds of food we received this month and trace what we can.”

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Chelsea Steiner on The Mary Sue

Published: April 06, 2020

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