FOOD2SCHOOLS ALERT (UPDATED 4/28/2021)
Food2School bags are currently being distributed to students in need at Chelan & Manson Schools.
Bags are available and distributed weekly by school counselors.
Starting on June 18, Food2Schools will transition back to drive-thru service at school sites on Fridays from 5-6pm.
See more information below!
WHY IS THIS NEEDED?
Thrive Chelan Valley has historically utilized our Food2Schools program to serve food insecure youth with evening and weekend meals to support their nourishment in addition to school breakfast and lunches. When schools buildings were closed in March 2020, students were not able to access our Food2Schools meal bags during the school day or at the Teen Center as they had before.
After assessing the gap, our Thrive Cares Team developed a plan to provide drive-thru weekend food support to Chelan and Manson students on Friday evenings. In 2020, our incredible team of volunteers distributed over 6,300 weekend meals to students in need in the Lake Chelan valley.
In September, our model shifted back to distribution through the local schools, utilizing our partnership and the support of school counselors to help identify families in need.
Thrive Chelan Valley is committed to the safety of our staff, site volunteers and site visitors. During our drive-through, site-based distribution, we put safety protocols into place to mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.
Thrive monitors announcements from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as the Washington Department of Health (WA DOH) to ensure that we are following recommended health and safety guidelines. We continue to take all necessary precautions to ensure food distribution remained safe and distribution activities could move forward, including:
- Providing Personal Protective Equipment like gloves and masks to all volunteers handling food bags
- Providing volunteers with safety protocols and training to ensure safe practices during food packing and food distribution
- Requiring symptom screening of all volunteers prior to shifts
- Requiring temperatures of all volunteers are taken and recorded prior to shifts
- Reducing the number of volunteers at sites the number that is necessary for efficient and safe food distribution
- Enforcing social distancing at all times during food packing and food distribution
- Ensuring volunteers stay home if they display signs of illness or come into contact with affected individuals
- Making hand sanitizer readily available at both sites