Since the start of COVID-19, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County has been committed to providing a meal to every child and family in need. 110,000 meals served is a testament to our incredible staff who have put in the work to make sure our feeding program is efficient, safe, and constantly adapting to the needs of the community.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 76% of our Clubs members were eligible for the free and reduced lunch program. When we launched our emergency COVID-19 relief feeding program in March, we knew the need for food security was great across Tarrant County, but we didn’t know it would continue to increase well into the summer months. What started as grocery distribution at our Eastside branch to a limited number of families has grown into daily curbside meals at five locations, a mobile food distribution program that runs multiple routes, and almost 240,000 lbs of groceries given away.
When I think of 110,000 meals served, I think of 110,000 times a parent didn’t have to worry how dinner was getting on the table. 110,000 times where a choice didn’t have to be made on making rent or eating. 110,000 times where someone had a sense of relief.
I am proud of our organization for rising to the challenge of feeding kids. I am proud of every staff member who shows up daily, mask on with a smile underneath, ready to serve this community in whatever way necessary. I am proud that we have a network of people who are helping us meet this need.
Our work is not done and access to food continues to be a problem for our families. I know, though, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County will always be there to take care of them.
110,000 meals served! Can you believe it?