The Paris-Henry County Food Bank has had to temporarily close during the upsurge in coronavirus cases, thanks to a serious shortage of available volunteers.

The food bank, located in the Central Community Service Center on Jones Bend Road Extended, closed beginning Monday and will remain closed indefinitely, according to David Flowers, who is a member of the food bank’s board of directors.

Flowers said the number of volunteers available to work there has been very short. Most of the volunteers are older people and thus are in the high-risk category for the coronavirus.

Back in the spring when the first surge of the virus hit, the food bank managed to get through those weeks without having to close, even though there was a very high demand for food at that time, Flowers said.

Demand for food has been down lately, and the decision to temporarily close was made.

“Until we can get restaffed with volunteers, we’re closed until whenever,” Flowers said.

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