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Coronavirus Pandemic Response

Coronavirus Pandemic Response

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS.

CALLING ALL FOOD DISTRIBUTION VOLUNTEERS. FRIDAY JUNE 5th SIGN UP https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A44ABAB23A7F94-food23

PACKING VOLUNTEERS SIGN UP https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A44ABAB23A7F94-food24

BPS and TCHP will transition to 15 food distribution sites effective June 1 – June 30, 2020. The sites are as follows:

 

Atlantis Elementary
Cambridge Elementary
Cape View Elementary
Coquina Elementary
Discovery Elementary
Golfview Elementary
Harbor City Elementary
Mila Elementary
Mims Elementary
Oak Park Elementary
Palm Bay Elementary
Saturn Elementary
Sherwood Elementary
Turner Elementary
University Park Elementary

These sites were selected based on location and proximity to high poverty areas within the county to ensure students have access to meals. Due to summer heat and staffing constraints, meals will continue to be distributed Monday – Friday from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Children’s Hunger Project is partnering with Brevard Public Schools to bridge the weekend food gap and we will continue to feed children by providing weekend food at designated schools. During the pandemic we are working hard to provide over 5,800 meals to children ages 18 and under at Brevard Public Schools distribution sites weekly, as well as Students in Transition, Cocoa and Melbourne PAL, Brevard Cares, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Club Esteem. That’s over $55,000 more per month that needs to be raised during the pandemic.

Thanks to many volunteers, businesses, faith organizations and supporters, in the past we provided meals to over 2,300 children in elementary schools. Now, during the pandemic we are working hard to provide over 5,800 meals to children ages 18 and under at Brevard Public Schools distribution sites weekly, and look forward to being there for children during the summer through United Way of Brevard’s Read and Feed Program, as well as at other county sites.
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 began our pandemic plan determined to feed as many children as possible. That is still our goal. We will continue, with your help, providing meals to local children. 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, and we follow the guidelines of not more than 10 people per packing session, 6 ft physical distancing, gloves and face masks, as well as ongoing deep cleaning. If it were not for our dedicated volunteers, our ability to help children would have ended with week one of the pandemic. 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.

 

Pandemic support needed now

 

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!

 

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.

MOBILE FEEDING – A mobile feeding plan is in the works. Information will be released when finalized.

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

To make a donation, or get a list of food items needed, please click here.

Give by mail: The Children’s Hunger Project, 1855 W. King Street Cocoa, FL 32926

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.

2020-06-02T17:31:20-04:00
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