Bringing Meals and Hope to Philadelphia During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has, simply put, changed everything. It has changed how we work, play, and live. So, imagine what it has done to those who are already struggling to make ends meet or survive day-to-day?
Philadelphia is one of the United States’ ten largest cities, but it’s also the poorest. 1 in 4 families lives below the official poverty line, meaning a quarter of its population struggles to meet their basic needs, like paying bills or buying groceries every month. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the greatest impacts will be felt by those who are already food insecure as food pantries and other support systems struggle to meet the demand. Though poverty rates in the city have declined and its median income rose, COVID-19 is backtracking on progress made in recent years as unemployment rates all over the United States have risen. In Pennsylvania alone, 645,000 people filed for unemployment since March.
A steady path towards change for families living in poverty in Philadelphia
Our partners at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America are continuing to provide support to young people throughout the United States so they can live healthy and productive lives. They immediately responded when COVID-19 shutdowns started by serving some of the most disadvantaged areas of Philadelphia. From March to July alone, they served almost 75,000 meals to members, their families, and anyone in the community who needed support.
As things started to reopen in July, Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia once again started to welcome their members and serve meals on sites and throughout the community. To date, Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia has served over 155,000 meals since the onset of the pandemic. Through their efforts, they’re able to help families and children meet basic needs and ensure that they receive three meals a day.
With the support of The Full Plate Project, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia will be able to distribute meals throughout the holiday season. Specifically, in Shane Victorino Nicetown where 100% of youths are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, access to nutritious meals is vital. Not only do the meals provided by The Full Plate Project provide relief during a critical time of year, but they will help bring a sense of community and hope during this time of uncertainty.
How your donation can make a difference here at home
With our partners, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, we can help create long-lasting change for children and homeless youth. Donating to the Full Plate Project this holiday season can create lasting change. Just $1 can give a child a nutritious, after-school snack. Think about how many children you could bring joy to this holiday season with $25, $50, or $100? A full plate is more than just meals, it is providing hope and opportunity for children so they can lead healthy and productive lives. Because hunger doesn’t take a holiday.
What will you do this holiday season to help your neighbor in need?
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