LHCC response to COVID-19 – Wk 14 Update – Mobile Meals and Family Food Distribution
We earnestly pray that you and your family are safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.
At LHCC, we continue to roll out hope and support our families through daily interactions and offer encouragement for everyone’s immediate emotional and tangible needs.
We have completed three months or 13 weeks of delivering over 20,000 meals door-to-door for our kids. We added LHCC Family Food Distribution to our LHCC Mobile Meals program to address all food insecurity needs in a timely manner. We have delivered over 330 kids meals every weekday. This essential meal program will continue through the summer to ensure our families who can’t collect receive the daily meals they desparately need. See our latest mobile meals video
Starting June 15, we will deliver 180 meals per day, to those families who have no other means of securing meals. Our number has reduced because we chose not to enable those families who have indicated they could reasonably drive to a school and collect meals. We always want to operate with dignity and without enabling those we serve. Family groceries and bulk items will continue throughout the summer.
We have scheduled two weeks of summer camps at the end of July and beginning of August, so that we can ready our students for the return to school August 17.
Organizations and individuals continue to reach out to offer support. Here are our most immediate needs:
- Volunteers to help bag and pack children’s meals at Charities Kitchen, from 9:00am to 10:00am weekdays Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Nations Ford Community Church, 5901 Nations Ford Road. Please use the sign up link to pick your volunteer slot. Must be 16 year or older to volunteer. Social distancing and protective measures are in place for your safety.
- Volunteers for food delivery and driving. We are training healthy, enthusiastic volunteers who can help us deliver bagged lunch and breakfast meals to our families within the South Blvd corridor. Sign up for one of five mornings a week , for about 90 minutes, between 10am and 11:30am. LHCC is offering pick-up meals curbside, so there is no human contact necessary. Volunteer sign up link
- Support local small businesses ~ Order a birthday cake $25 – $30 or cupcakes $30 for 40, prepared by a LHCC parent whose small business has been adversely impacted by the stay-at-home order. Email us for details or search for Mr_Alfajor on FB
- Monetary donations for food items to be acquired by our Charities Kitchen caterer and LHCC meals for the family
Essential LHCC support is being provided daily through:
– Regular contact with parents and children, by volunteers and staff, – Meals for adult neighbors for the weekends, prepared by our parents, compliments of LHCC – Supplemental on-line educational resources and chapter books for continued learning at home, through video calls, Zoom and phone calls – Daily delivery of over 340 kids meals and 680 on Fridays (to include weekends)
Thank you for your continued support. We covet your prayers for the children and families we serve during this pandemic and the long hot summer months.
Working while it is day!
Executive Director of Learning Help Centers of Charlotte
June 22, 2020
Your partnership, passion and volunteer involvement all continue to make a difference.
Here are a few examples of our accomplishments and milestones this year:
- We increased our family engagement by over 60% as we commenced providing services to parents across a broad spectrum of topics from assimilation to immigration
- We served over 150 children over the summer and during the school year
- Parents like Glenda and Sugey managed to provide increased oversight of the homework and reading requirements of her three children
- Children like Karina and Shaila truly embarked upon an improved English reading regimen and have now started reading to their younger siblings
Many people have helped raise a significant portion of our Learning Help Centers of Charlotte operating budget. For every dollar raised over 95 cents goes directly towards providing scholastic, spiritual and social supports to families mired in generational poverty.
If you’re thinking of making a year-end gift to LHCC, don’t do it just because we are celebrating our 8th year of existence in 2020:
Do it because you want to see more children succeeding in public schools
Do it because we have many benevolence requests at this time of year. Families in need of reliable transportation, out of work or under-employed, and simply need a hand up. We are building a benevolence fund with a goal of $5,000 in 2020.
Do it because you love to hear feedback from volunteers who are sharing their expertise and being beacons of hope for the next generation
Do it because most families would never be able to afford what we provide in the form of education and encouragement, at a local church and close to where they live and go to school
Your reasons for giving at the end of the year should inspire you. We hope that your love for our neighbors and the communities we serve does just that and that you feel good about the social good we are providing as a trusted community partner. We believe that good works lead to goodwill that leads to good news and that hope is oftentimes more important than building vocabulary.
Thank you again for all that you do for Learning Help Centers of Charlotte!
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