As demand for food skyrockets due to coronavirus, food banks play catch-up

Ofelia Jiménez didn’t think her family would need to rely on a food pantry — not again.

But after her son’s hours at McDonald’s were cut because of the COVID-19 pandemic, her husband’s $1,500 monthly pension was not enough to keep everyone fed.

The family had been coming for years to St. Margaret’s Center, a Catholic charity near the intersection of the 405 and 105 freeways, to get help with food. After Jiménez and her husband paid off their home in Inglewood, she figured she wouldn’t need to come back.

But this spring, the family again found itself struggling to pay a car note, insurance and utility bills and to buy food.