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Seg. 1: Joanna Wilson | Seg. 2: Gladstone Mayor Carol Suter | Seg. 3: Food Insecurity Panel

As the novel coronvirus continues to spread and stay at home orders go into effect, Harvesters workers and volunteers continue to get food products to agencies for distribution to those facing food insecurity.

Segment 1: Wife's Facebook post seen by hundreds meant one more hospital visit with her husband before he died

Five days after he was diagnosed, Dennis Wilson became Johnson County's first death caused by COVID-19. His wife, Joanna Wilson, explained how after being sent home from the hospital where Dennis had been admitted, she took to Facebook to update friends and family on her husband's condition. She related how, despite hospital visitation restrictions at this time, she was able to visit Dennis before he died thanks to the efforts of hospital staff who saw her post.

  • Joanna Wilson, widow of Dennis Wilson

Segment 2, beginning at 19:21: City officials in smaller municipalities also feeling the brunt of the coronavirus

Although considerably smaller than Kansas City, Gladstone, Missouri is facing many of the same problems presented by the coronavirus, but with a fraction of the resources of its larger neighbor. Gladstone mayor Carol Suter gave us an update on how her city is getting along during this outbreak.

​Segment 3, beginning at 36:49: Where Kansas Citians in need can go to find groceries or meals

As the coronavirus continues to spread, more people are facing life without a steady income. That can mean struggling to put food on the table. Today's panel discussed specific community support services available to people facing food insecurity and how others can continue to donate their time and money to keep these services going.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
As culture editor, I oversee KCUR’s coverage of race, culture, the arts, food and sports. I work with reporters to make sure our stories reflect the fullest view of the place we call home, so listeners and readers feel primed to explore the places, projects and people who make up a vibrant Kansas City. Email me at luke@kcur.org.