Collaboration amid Coronavirus feeds thousands!

Community Food Kit program feeds over 9,000 local families 

A decision to take our in-school pantry system mobile and create a Community Food Kit to feed entire families, launched March 27th. With the pandemic closing schools, kids and families could not access our ten “food for thought” pantries. Four distribution sites were created and the photo collage highlights activity at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church (Site #1) and Platte Woods United Methodist Church (Site #2).

In addition to the amazing volunteer and food/financial support offered at our sites, individuals and companies found creative ways to help:

  • two individuals sewed hundreds of masks, sold them and donated the funds to us. One entitled her endeavor “masks for meals”

  • A local photographer snapped photo’s of families on their porches, sold them the photo’s and donated the proceeds to our program.

  • A large subdivision used their facebook page for an “all call” for food donations, dropped by homes to pick them up and delivered to us by pickup truck weekly for several weeks.

  • Zona Rosa created a very generous promotion of Buy a Meal, Give a Meal for 8 weeks

  • Several companies conducted food and fund drives.

Visit our facebook page to view many other ways our northland community rallied around our mission to continue feeding children and families through the pandemic.

CVS contributed to the new program immediately with a very generous grant. Their commitment to our mission and the general health of communities they are a part of is admirable!
Ford’s initial grant was tripled with a matching grant offer. Several companies and local officials donated to meet that goal. Along the way, a virtual happy hour brought more concerned northlanders to the effort. What fabulous partners!!

The 10th annual Bill Cross 5K will take place Sunday, October 11th at Zona Rosa.

We’re pleased to be sharing this event with the Festa Italiana! Event registration available soon.