Central Coast Voices: The economic impact of the pandemic—a struggle to meet basic needs, stay safe

May 21, 2020

Join Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with Heidi McPherson, CEO with the Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County, Garret Olson, COVID-19 emergency operations manager with the SLO Food Bank, Lisa Fraser, executive director with the LINK Family Resource Center and the Center for Family Strengthening, and Janna Nichols, executive director with the Five Cities Homeless Coalition. They will be talking about the struggle of nonprofits to help meet the basic needs of the community as well as what a global depression could mean for their organizations and the local populations they help.

The coronavirus outbreak has strained the ability of individuals and families across the country to meet their basic needs. In a recently released report, 40 percent of those surveyed reported their families lost jobs, work hours, or work-related income due to the pandemic shutdown. More than 40 percent, of those surveyed in families that lost work or income, reported not being able to make their rent or mortgage, missing utility bills, being food insecure, or going without medical care in the past month.

Broadcast date: 5/21/20

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.