To our supporters that have decided to donate your stimulus funds during this critical time of need, THANK YOU for your generosity!
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
, 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
Serving so many of Brevard's children is a tremendous achievement, yet
the strain on our our weekly food budget
means we may have to cut back,
making the heartbreaking decision of deciding which school distribution sites and partner organizations will get weekend food.
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.