Emergency Food Distribution
W In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and the suspension of our traditional programming, The PB&J Fund gave much thought and discussion to how we pivot as an organization and continue supporting families in our community.
Our focus has always been and will always be: to serve the kids and families of Charlottesville to the best of our ability through food and education. Usually this takes place around our table. We have always recognized that this is something we cannot do alone, and that inevitably we will only be a small piece of what our families need, so for more than a decade we have leaned on partners to do this work.
Beginning in March, the PB&J Fund shifted all operations and funding to provide weekend meal bags to families in partnership with Charlottesville City Schools. This Emergency Food Distribution effort is modeled off of our Holiday Giving program. Each week 350 bags were delivered to family homes throughout the city thanks to volunteers who both help to pack bags and provide deliveries. Each bag typically contains food to serve a family of four and include shelf stable items such as Mac & Cheese or canned soup, as well as fresh produce like apples and carrots. After 24 weeks of distribution, we made the decision to end our weekly program and shift to a once per month delivery for September through December, 2020.
We recognized that food insecurity and hunger are not issues caused by COVID-19 but have deep roots in our community. These problems will not end with COVID-19 in our community. We are dedicated to continuing to provide food to kids in families in a way that is both sustainable for our organization and is a small part in meeting our community’s needs.