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Coronavirus Pandemic Response

Coronavirus Pandemic Response

THANK YOU for volunteering!

Through Friday, August 21, the following schools will provide food distribution on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only (from 10:30AM – 12:30PM): Mims Elementary (Mims), Cape View Elementary (Cape Canaveral), Coquina Elementary (Titusville), Oak Park Elementary (Titusville), Mila Elementary (Merritt Island), Atlantis Elementary (Cocoa), Saturn Elementary (Cocoa), Golfview Elementary (Rockledge), Harbor City Elementary (Melbourne), Sherwood Elementary (Melbourne), Discovery Elementary (Palm Bay), Palm Bay Elementary (Palm Bay), Turner (Palm Bay).

In keeping with the coronavirus guidelines, we will continue to operate with smaller groups of volunteers at our office at 1855 West King Street, Cocoa 32926 (located on the Cocoa Hyundai dealership property) to pack weekend food packages. MAP

  • Currently, we are taking temperatures of all packing volunteers prior to their shift and require EVERYONE to wear a mask when they enter the building. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN MASK OR FACE COVERING IF YOU HAVE THEM, WE HAVE MINIMAL MASKS AVAILABLE. Please try to arrive a few minutes before your shift for check-in.
  • Gloves are provided. The TCHP office is deep-cleaned on a regular basis and after each packing.
  • It may not always possible to maintain 6-ft distancing, but TCHP makes every effort to do so when possible.
  • For food pick-up and distribution, GLOVES WILL BE PROVIDED, WE ASK YOU TO BRING YOUR OWN FACE COVERING/MASK AND HAND SANITIZER. Distribute food packages by placing one food package per child in the car trunk, or however many they request- (please remember to keep your 6’ of social distancing space).

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

Out of concern for the health and safety of our volunteers, we request the following:

PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOUR PLANS CHANGE AND YOU ARE NOT AVAILABLE at 321-610-1900

Unlike organizations that have federal and state funding, we rely on the goodness of businesses, civic groups, faith-based organizations and individuals. All of our meals are prepped, packed and distributed by volunteers.

COVID-19 10 Week Summary

Over the past ten weeks, The Children’s Hunger Project

  • Provided 56,000 weekend food packages for hungry children up to age 18.
  • Recruited and organized over 1,000 food packing and distribution volunteers.
  • TCHP volunteers logged more than 3,500 hours preparing and providing weekend food packages at all 27 school distribution sites.
  • TCHP provided additional weekend food packages for local organizations to include Students in Transition, Cocoa and Melbourne PAL, Brevard Cares, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Club Esteem.

For those who can make a significant contribution, consider joining the Children’s Circle of Hope Society -this society is open to anyone contributing $1,000 or more annually. Contributions can be set up on a recurring basis of $84 per month.

Many thanks to local businesses, organizations and individuals that have stepped up to help us with our funding needs. Because of your help, we are making the lives of children in Brevard better during a challenging time. To our supporters that have decided to donate your stimulus funds during this critical time of need, THANK YOU for your generosity!

We need to continue to ensure our kids are fed. As a recent TCHP volunteer commented, “There is nothing more honorable than caring for hungry children. You all are heroes.”

We also partner with local churches who pack and deliver meals on behalf of TCHP. We are pre-ordering food from our vendors to the greatest extent possible, while searching local markets to ensure our meal packages remain consistent.

Facebook fundraisers for TCHP, from money to face masks to hand sanitizer, have helped offset some of the costs of CoVID-19 supplies. We are truly blessed to live in such a giving and compassionate community.

Meals will be distributed to any child age 18 years and younger. Each child will receive a package from BPS containing one breakfast meal and one lunch meal. TCHP weekend meals are typical weekend meal packages.

Children may come without a parent and will be served. However, parents/guardians who come, must have the children present with them in order to receive meals for those children per USDA requirements.

To ensure physical distancing, BPS requests that parents drive in to the bus loop and release their trunk; a BPS employee will place one meal package per child in the trunk of the vehicle.

Parents/Guardians and/or children on foot will be served, however, social distancing will also be adhered to in this situation.

NEW PICK-UP WAIVER – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services received a temporary waiver so that parents/guardians may pick up meals for their child(ren) due to extenuating circumstances. Effective Monday, March 30, if the child is not able to come to the food distribution site, the parent/guardian must show a valid form of identification for EACH of their children not present in order to receive meals. Examples of valid forms of identification are the following: a student identification card, child’s birth certificate, child’s passport, government-issued child identification card, or a document proving parent/guardian identity and relationship to the child such as a hospital, religious, or day care record. To ensure social distancing, the parent should place the identification of each child not present in the windshield.

LUNCH MENU – The lunch menu has been expanded to include easy, heat and serve meals such as chicken tenders and pizza on various days.

The cafeteria and other school buildings will NOT be opened to parents and students.

In addition to BPS School sites for food distribution for children at local schools, both of Second Harvest’s Kid’s Café sites will be distributing meals.

Club Esteem, 3316 Monroe Ave, Melbourne
(In front of Lipscomb Community Center)

Cocoa PAL, 307 Blake Ave, Cocoa

Please let us know if you have any questions. 321-610-1900. Thank you again for you continued support of The Children’s Hunger Project, and we wish you good health.

2020-08-05T09:47:59-04:00
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