LHCC response to COVID-19 – Week 19 Update – Mobile Meals and Family Food Distribution
Latest summer blogpost
Learning Help Centers of Charlotte continues to roll out hope, support and comfort to our families through our LHCC Summer Camps and Mobile Meals Delivery Program
We have completed our first week of camp in late July, and previously 19 long but rewarding weeks of delivering over 26,500 meals door-to-door for our young students and their families. 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 between 180 and 300 kids meals every weekday, since March 16, along with adult meals and grocery deliveries. This essential meal program will continue through the fall to ensure our families who can’t collect receive the daily meals they desperately need. See our latest mobile meals video
Our number has intentionally reduced because we chose not to enable families who have indicated they could reasonably drive to a school and collect meals for themselves. We always want to operate with dignity and without enabling those we serve. Family groceries and bulk items will continue to be distributed throughout the summer.
We have completed one of two weeks of summer camps 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 for food delivery and driving. (We will reconvene this service after camps and August 17 school reopening) We will train active, enthusiastic volunteers who can help us deliver bagged lunch and breakfast meals to our kids and families within the South Blvd corridor. Sign up for a morning once a week, for about 90 minutes, between 10:40am and 11:45am. LHCC is offering pick-up meals curbside, so there is no human contact necessary. Volunteer sign up link
- Monetary donations for camp scholarships of $100 per week or food items to be acquired by LHCC meals for the entire 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 games and puzzles for continued learning at home, through video calls, Zoom and phone calls
- Daily delivery of over 180 kids meals
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, Learning Help Centers of Charlotte
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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