Meals On Wheels for Kids launches in Clearwater
Delivering meals and shelf stable food to children, and their families, while attending school from home through virtual or online learning
By: Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, Inc.
The Network's innovative MOW4Kids program, the first program of its kind, launched this past March. MOW4Kids, was developed in response to COVID-19 school closures, to serve children, 18 years or younger, with meals delivered to their home by volunteers. MOW4Kids is an alternative option for kids that are not able to access meal distribution sites throughout the county; and/or 2) kids that have difficulty accessing open food pantries. The program currently serves St. Petersburg and Lealman in South Pinellas County, Wimauma in South Hillsborough County, Dade City in East Pasco County and will continue to expand the program, to include Clearwater in Pinellas County.
RCS Food Bank, a local non-profit organization that addresses the needs of the hungry, homeless and victims of domestic violence in Pinellas County, will be the designated packing and distribution site for the program in this service area. Shelf stable boxes of food will be packed by volunteers on Tuesdays and then delivered by volunteers with level 2 background checks on Wednesdays. On the morning of delivery, Pinellas County School's buses are loaded with meal packs and boxes of shelf stable food for volunteers to then ride along and deliver to children and families residing in Clearwater.
At the core of this Meals on Wheels program is nutritious food delivered to the homes of children and their families. The program provides meals, shelf stable groceries, including produce, as resources allow. Children may experience an increase in overall nutrition, food security, and feelings of social connectedness from volunteers stopping by.
Volunteer drivers are needed each week to help pack boxes of shelf stable food on Tuesdays and to deliver on Wednesdays from RCS Food Bank in Clearwater. Routes take 60 minutes to complete. To sign up to volunteer, please visit www.networktoendhunger.org/
The Network is currently accepting donations at www.networktoendhunger.org to help support the MOW4Kids program. A donation of just $20 will provide a week of meals delivered to children in need.
To find out how you can get involved, visit https://networktoendhunger.org/