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Bloomington food source gains more people in need during pandemic

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard is a local food resource center that gives easy access to healthy food. There are five programs within MHC: food pantry, garden education, nutrition education, tool share and advocacy that help in feeding several communities. 

The nonprofit organization suspended most of its programming when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, focusing on food distribution, but it is looking to slowly broaden its activities starting in August. 

MHC President and CEO Amanda Nickey said the agency at 1100 W. Allen St. is usually a community space where patrons can walk through and select the food items they need. The pandemic prompted organizers to create a new pickup system last year so people could stay in their cars and maintain social distance. 

The changes at MHC went well beyond its food distribution system. Pickup times and volunteer numbers took a drastic hit.