Thanks to volunteers, businesses, faith organizations and supporters just like you, we now serve over 2,300 children in 45 schools. During the pandemic, in coordination with Brevard Public Schools and other local organizations, we served up to 6,000 children per week.
We continue to be a vital resource for local families who depend on schools for student meals. Circumstances have changed the dynamics for many parents and guardians affected by job losses. Now, more than ever, we need your help for children going without reliable weekend nutrition. I want to share the story of one of our local young recipients named Alana (name changed to protect the child).
Alana’s mom is a single parent, hard-hit by recent events. Though she has a full-time job, she and her four school-age children are facing the possibility of living in their car as she is saving to pay first, last, and security deposit for an apartment. Alana’s mom is a hard-working parent, known for her good communication with teachers. Her children receive breakfast and lunch at school; however, Friday afternoon could be their last meal until returning to school Monday morning – that is nearly 70 hours without the nutrition a child needs to be happy and healthy.
More than 50% of Brevard County students are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program at school. This statistic is an important key indicator of hunger and poverty in a geographic area.
Because Alana has health issues, her mom is constantly worried that the family is just one medical visit away from a setback meaning her goal of obtaining a safe place to live will continue to elude her. With this pandemic adding the challenge of job disruptions, more local families are closer to poverty and homelessness than ever.
You can help us solve this problem. When you support TCHP, you contribute to helping find light in the darkness for families like Alana’s.