a UWGUC Update
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We hope that you and your family are healthy and safe during this uncertain time.

As the impact of Coronavirus continues to grow, more families are finding themselves in need of assistance in order to put food on the table. Below is an update about some of the work United Way of Greater Union County is doing to help vulnerable families.
Nearly 3000 meals distributed to families in Plainfield
The outbreak of COVID-19 has unexpectedly escalated the hardships of the most vulnerable Union County residents and has increased the need for access to healthy food. To help address this issue, UWGUC quickly mobilized support and recently collaborated with Plainfield community leaders to provide 2,920 meals to food insecure families.
On March 31st, 2020, volunteers from the community came together at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield to distribute non-perishable food to families who participate in the Plainfield School District’s Family Food Pack program, an initiative that provides meals for over 250 food insecure children and their families. Click here to learn more about our partnership with the Family Food Pack Program.

We are grateful for our community partners, including the City of Plainfield, volunteers, and UWGUC staff, who worked to ensure that those we serve can continue to receive the vital services they need while maintaining the proper safety and health guidelines. We would also like to especially recognize the Plainfield Public School District social workers who delivered food to families who were not able to go to the food drive.

Going Forward
In our battle to help Union County residents overcome this crisis, we are continuing to identify additional communities where families are also struggling to access food.
We have also established the COVID-19 Emergency Fund , which will directly assist individuals disproportionally affected by Coronavirus who:

  • Are in financial crisis due to loss of employment or reduced work hours
  • Did not have benefits or resources to weather the crisis
  • Incurred debt related to COVID-19 (i.e. childcare expenses because schools are closed)

For more information or to contribute to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund, please visit uwguc.org/covid19 . Please also check your email frequently, as we will be keeping you updated on recent developments and best practices to keep safe. While this is a challenging period for our community, now is the time to UNITE and help Union County beat COVID-19. We will all get through this together.

Stay safe and healthy,