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

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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.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is associate producer of KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at luke@kcur.org or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.