You asked to help: Here’s how.
The Henrico County community always steps up in a big way during trying times, and the coronavirus emergency has been no different. In the wake of the school division’s initial closure, our community donated impressive numbers of food and hygiene items for families.
The Henrico Education Foundation is now collecting funds in an effort to respond to families’ most pressing needs — such as specific food items and devices to create home-internet Wi-Fi hot spots.
To contribute to the fund, go to henricogives.org and click on the blue “Donate” button in the COVID-19 area. Funds donated by individuals and groups since March 20 are being matched up to $15,000 by the Robins Foundation. While donations beyond the $15,000 grant goal won’t be matched by the Robins Foundation, they will still be used to address Henrico families’ most-pressing needs.
Donations will continue to help HCPS provide weekend food supplements to students who use the school division’s weekday “grab and go” lunches and breakfasts, and aid families who might be affected by reduced work hours and paychecks during the public health crisis. During the school year, Henrico Schools has more than 400 participants in its “weekend backpacks” food take-home program. More than 800 current HCPS students have been identified through the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act as being homeless or children of a homeless individual.
The Henrico Education Foundation will use donated funds to buy some of the most-needed items in bulk from an HCPS wholesale vendor. In most cases, items can be delivered the next day. By buying in this way, the foundation not only hopes to help Henrico families get what they need but also to avoid emptying the shelves of local retail stores on which our community depends.
Suggested breakfast donation items:
- Juice boxes.
- Instant oatmeal.
- Cereal bars or granola bars.
- Toaster pastries.
Suggested lunch donation items:
- Fruit cups.
- Applesauce cups.
- Canned pasta in sauce.
- Individual snack bags (pretzels, mini graham crackers, mini cheddar crackers, chips, cookies, etc.).
- Individual mac and cheese cups.
- Peanut butter.
- Jelly (no glass jars).
- Canned meat.
Suggested hygiene donation items:
- Disinfectant wipes.
- Hand soap.
- Hand sanitizer.
- Toilet paper.
- Feminine hygiene products.