First let me take a moment to thank all of you for the hard work you are continuing to do, both as parents and also in your roles as parent volunteers for your schools. I hope everyone is well mentally, physically and spiritually during these very unusual times.
COPACS has had quite a few PACs inquiring about how to help their schools and communities. Many of you graciously offered to allocate left over budgets to families in need. After working with the district to develop a plan, it was decided that the best way to help is for COPACS to facilitate a donation directly to the district. This donation would be utilized in a couple different ways.
- Starting on Monday, the district will deliver ready-to-eat meals to families identified by each school as being in need. These are families that previously benefited from our meals programs. The breakfast programs or lunch programs offered through the school. The meals are being prepared by Truffles catering and distributed to families by priority of need. Some PACS have offered to volunteer their time to their schools and communities, however it was determined that the best course of action was to offer this opportunity to our own employees. Our bus drivers will be transporting and delivering meals. The frozen meals will be dropped off at three main locations and picked up by parents- the remaining meals will be delivered directly to families by staff. These are 5 frozen dinners, picked up once a week. Families with more than three children are offered two weekly portions.
- Again, by need of priority, the district would like purchase gift cards to local grocery stores. This would give parents and families in need the opportunity to purchase basic need items like toiletries and additional food items that are not apart of the meal program. These gift cards can not be used to purchase tobacco or alcohol.
Any additional funds that we as PACS can provide to the district would aid in the sustainability of these programs. The money would go directly into our communities. The money may not be allocated directly into your own community, but as a collective, the monies would be distributed throughout district 63 to the families that need it most.
COPACS thanks you all for your time and willingness to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact COPACS with any questions.