(Willmar MN-) The Kandiyohi County Food Shelf Monday supplied 28 food boxes to Bethesda residents, tenants and clients to help ensure their food stability in the recent wake of novel coronoavirus (COVID-19) , as people stay home to reduce their exposure to the virus.

“Bethesda partnered with the Kandiyohi County Food Shelf in identifying some of our residents and tenants who needed food, and worked with Central Community Transit, which provided free delivery of the food,” said Michelle Haefner, president and chief executive officer at Bethesda. “Many of these people faced resource limitations that required more frequent visits to the grocery store, which as a vulnerable population, increased their exposure risk to COVID-19. This coordinated effort was a success, as we were able to bring food to people who needed it. As Bethesda continues to restrict visitors to help ensure the health and safety of our residents and tenants, we realize this results in some limitations. It was encouraging to see community organizations working together for the benefit of others.”

The Kandiyohi County Food Shelf provided food boxes to three independent living tenants, 15 residents of Centennial Square, which is owned and operated by Bethesda, and 10 Bethesda At Home clients, who receive home health care, according to Alana Ziehl, executive director at the Kandiyohi County Food Shelf.

Twenty-five of the 28 people who received food boxes were new clients of the food shelf, Ziehl said, which shows there is a need at this time.