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Family Resource Center Delivers 40,000+ Meals
Family Resource Center Delivers 40,000+ Meals
Posted on 06/16/2020
Ms. Shannon Boyd stands in front of supplies at the BCS Family Resource CenterBy Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Of the more than one million BCS Child Nutrition meals served so far during the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 44,000 have been delivered directly to families thanks to BCS Family Resource Center (FRC) volunteers.

Between March 16 and June 5, volunteers took 44,665 meals to families who weren’t able to reach designated meal sites. During the same period, volunteers delivered 906 supply boxes containing non-perishable food, toiletries and hygiene products, diapers, school supplies, and more.

“Words cannot express how grateful and proud I am for the overwhelming response we have seen, both in volunteers and donations,” said FRC Coordinator Shannon Boyd. “This community is strong, united, and ready to help each other.”

The Family Resource Center, located in the Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy (NDA) cafeteria, grew out of the existing BCS Crisis Closet, which serves families who experience food and essential supply disruptions. When the governor ordered schools to close for in-person instruction, Ms. Boyd rapidly organized delivery routes and assembled a team of teacher assistants and support staff to effectively respond to the emergency.

Monetary and supply donations poured in from individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and religious organizations. The NDA cafeteria became a busy community service center, with volunteers sorting stacks of supplies and driving to meal sites to pick up and deliver bagged meals along their routes.

“People and their generosity really blew me away,” Ms. Boyd said. “There were supply drives from churches and businesses, checks from neighborhood groups, book donations. The need kept growing, but so did the response.”

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

The FRC is continuing service during the summer and needs community volunteers. Anyone interested is asked to contact Ms. Boyd for more information.

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