The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula received a mini-grant of $1,000 to help feed Seward’s youth during the COVID-19 school closure. The staff prepares bag lunches with a snack to supplement other community efforts in ensuring the youth in the community do not go hungry for the duration of the COVID-19 closure. The Boys & Girls Club will serve any youth who is hungry and has a need, through measures that will help ensure a reduced spread of COVID-19, but balances the food security needs of hungry, Seward Alaskan youth.
Their initial request was to provide up to 50 meals a day, but the need has grown to nearly 95 meals a day, which includes weekend meals. SCF has approved additional funding through our basic needs grants of $9,150 to help cover the cost of these meals for the next four weeks.
“This meal service is in line with our beliefs as an organization. We are here to support the community’s youth. We are unable to see them face to face, so at a minimum, we can support them by providing them meals to ensure they do not go hungry.” -Rachel Chaffee, Chief Executive Officer for the Boys and Girls Club
Funding for these grants was provided by the Seward Community Foundation’s Unrestricted Fund.