Hooray! Green and glorious May has arrived! The last full month of spring.
“What a thought that was, when God thought of a tree.” – A quote from a 1906 Piqua Daily Call article, “Public Park for Piqua”
Self isolation and quarantine are large but necessary pains. A tiny sliver of silver in this cloud of corona virus is that while we are idling at home we have lots of time to think. Here’s what I think. I think one’s grasp on mental health isn’t a predictable thing. It’s hard to tell when any given person is going to snap like a stick. If we all reach our threshold during the same week it’s going to be ugly. They’ll be a second pandemic, this one of rampant craziness.
This past Saturday, 1,300 families in Miami County utilized the services of the largest foodbank in the region to access free food for their household. This number represents a 400 percent increase in demand for this monthly service, come to be known as a “pop-up pantry,” as compared to February of this year. Plenty has changed in our community over the last 60 days, but the question we should ask is not, “How did this happen?” but rather, “What does this look like moving forward?” How long will the food lines be post COVID-19?