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.