Of course, the pandemic meant that the nonprofit had to rethink how it did things. Since the demand for deliveries is greater for homebound individuals in need, volunteers have handled the drop offs, while staff members work in the kitchen packaging the meals.
Before the coronavirus outbreak, Open Hand was focused on serving people within the metro Atlanta area, but they have since expanded their scope. While they previously served around 5,000 meals a day in a 19 county area, that amount has now reached more than 6,1000 meals a day across more than 40 counties, according to reporting from 11Alive.
"We didn't have the luxury of shutting our doors and taking a hiatus," Matt Pieper, Open Hand executive director, told the TV station. "That meant making some drastic changes. No longer allowing volunteers in the building, limiting participation to delivery."