The Covid-19 Relief Project

Over the past 38 years Children of the City has conducted over 300,000 home visits, given Holiday meals and gifts to 15,000 families in crisis, and provided lifesaving intervention to dozens of families. In the past 15 years, we have provided intensive academic support to over 4000 children and youth living below the poverty line and at risk for educational failure. COC is accustomed to adapting to the changing needs and concerns of the at-risk communities we serve. Therefore it was not an unfamiliar challenge when the pandemic hit. We immediately went into gear, galvanizing all our resources, partnerships, and proven methods to undergird communities that were hard it. With an every changing climate, COC continues to assess the needs, respond with services and support, and document the outcomes.

Our college bound classes continue to run virtually and our afterschool has been up and running in person with the same proven outcomes. We now have added a weekly food distribution for families who are struggling to make ends meet. We are excited that we can provide them with good, farm fresh produce. We have volunteers teaching them about nutritional choices and how to prepare foods. This is especially important given the challenges our communities face in accessing healthy food options. For years there has been a dilemma with affordable and accessible choices, which has added to the burden of sickness and death, in communities of color.

Read more about our COVID-19 relief project here.