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Daniel Johnson says issues like homelessness and food insecurity on the Key Peninsula were tough to tackle before COVID-19. Now, it takes a community to help.

Harbor Hope Center didn’t deliver food to the Key Peninsula—then COVID-19 hit. 

“Now we deliver food twice a week,” said Daniel Johnson, the executive director of the non-profit helping those experiencing homelessness, hunger and drug and alcohol-related problems. “Our volunteers [deliver] to dozens of homes on the Peninsula. Many people became food insecure because of COVID.”

While the organization’s push to help remains the same, COVID-19 challenges that mission weekly. 

“Instead of just saying ‘This is the way we do it,’ we say, ‘This is the overall need,’” Johnson said. “We’ll get together every week and we’ll figure out a way to do it right. So, nimble is a survival technique.”