Barrington Children’s Charities (BCC) is expanding support to food insecure families in the Barrington 220 School District while schools are closed due to Coronavirus. The organization is doubling the quantity of meals donated to Blessings in a Backpack, the program available to students opting-in to the district’s free and reduced lunch program.
Each week over 750 Barrington 220 children in need receive food to take home from school for weekend consumption. With the current unprecedented school closings due to the COVID-19 virus, BCC has moved quickly to continue to make food available to their Blessings in a Backpack participants in Barrington School District 220. They’re also accepting donations if you’d like to support their efforts.
BCC leaders, including co-founder, Darby Hills have been working closely with Barrington 220 Schools Superintendent, Dr. Brian Harris along with other district administrators and board members to develop a plan to adjust availability of the weekend food bags during this time. “Our Blessings in a Backpack program expenses during this time are more than double of the current program,” Darby says. “We are making this investment to help local children get the food they need during this challenging time.”
BCC’s “Blessings” program for the Barrington 220 School District will immediately operate as follows:
- The program will be packed by volunteers and district staff
- Food package quantity will be doubled from 750 to nearly 1,500 to meet additional demand during this difficult time
- Each food package will have additional food items, versus the current program, and include foods with a longer shelf life
- The menu includes a protein food, soup, pasta, fruit, snacks, vegetables and more.
- Food packages this week will be available either on Wednesday 3/18 or Thursday 3/19 (Not available both days – lease check
Barrington Children’s Charities Facebook or Instagram pages for exact details)
- Food packages will be available with “curbside” or “drive-thru” pick up at Sunny Hill Elementary School parking lot
- Notification to all qualifying family members will be sent out by Barrington School District 220
In Barrington 220’s early learning center, eight elementary schools, two middle schools and high school; approximately 19% of the student population lives in food insecure homes. BCC understands the critical role that our Blessings in a Backpack program serves in providing food support for these families.
Want to help? Click here to donate funds that will help cover additional costs of this program. For more ways to help, follow BCC’s latest updates at Facebook.com/BarringtonChildrensCharities.
Barrington Children’s Charities is an essential needs non-profit charitable organization of dedicated men and women working together to positively impact the lives of children in the Barrington and surrounding communities. Run entirely by volunteers, Barrington Children’s Charities donates monies raised to support and address the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of children within the District 220 area and chooses its beneficiaries based on need.
For more about their mission, visit BarringtonChildrensCharities.com.