Olivet Boys & Girls Club announced efforts that will see the expansion of grab–and go meals for children weekdays from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in the front of Conrad Weiser Middle School beginning Monday, April 20, as the COVID–19 pandemic continues to effect Berks County. Through the collaborative efforts and contributions of many businesses, organizations and individuals, each weekday Olivet Boys and Girls Club will be able to produce and distribute one grab–and go meal per child until supplies run out.
“This is another example of Olivet Boys and Girls Club continuing to help the children of Berks County being affected by this pandemic, especially as families are reeling from the loss of income and stability,” said Chris Winters, President and CEO of Olivet Boys and Girls Club.
Winters said that Olivet will have staff at the Conrad Weiser Middle School from 5:30 to 7:00 PM beginning weekdays on April 20th to distribute the meals. These meals are available to any child ages 3 to 18 in Western Berks County who need a meal. Parents should bring their children with them and enter through the east entrance of the school parking lot, and drive to the Olivet team members by the Middle School Office, where the children will be given one bag per child. The vehicles will then exit through the west entrance of the Middle School.
“We would not be able to do this if it wasn‘t for the financial help that Olivet Boys and Girls Club received from The Friends of Reading Hospital, Berks County Community Foundation, Wells Fargo and the United Way of Berks County, as well as the support of Dr. Randall Grove, Dr. Ryan Giffing and the Conrad Weiser School District administration,” stated Winters.
All proper safety measures and CDC–required protocols will be adhered to and followed at the distribution site. Parents will be able to bring the children via their vehicles while maintaining their required social distancing from Olivet Team members.
Winters continued by saying, “Olivet Boys and Girls Club is committed to working every day to address the needs of the youth as we continue to address the turmoil caused by COVID–19 throughout our communities. Whether it is our efforts to address food issues for children or virtual programming, Olivet will be here for our community. Doing whatever it takes because Olivet Staff Leads and we are all in this together!”
More information will be available on Olivet Boys and Girls Club Facebook account and website.