PRM Cares is partnering with Bruns Avenue Elementary, a Title I school with 99.5% of students on free/reduced lunch. The following list was developed by the Bruns Avenue school social worker and psychologist. Alongside classroom teachers, they identified the school’s 20 neediest families, most of which lack the transportation / mobility to get the CMS free food sites.
They are requesting all donations be delivered (via front porch drop-off) to the address in the SignUp Genius. You could also have these shelf-stable items sent via Amazon Prime to the address in the SignUp Genius list. If you have the means to help these families during this trying time, all donations are greatly appreciated.
Meals will be distributed Monday-Friday beginning Tuesday, March 17 from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. The district will review the meal distribution plan weekly and communicate each week to media and the community. More details and the list of locations providing the meals can be found here.
1 – Urban Ministries Center of Charlotte
Serving the homeless population of Charlotte, which is at an increased risk due to the congregational nature of the Urban Ministries facilities and common health vulnerabilities (diabetes, COPD, hypertension, asthma).
They have consolidated their greatest-need items into one Amazon Wishlist, which includes tents and sleeping bags for those sleeping outside or who have been displaced by recent Room In The Inn facility closings. You can also donate directly to Urban Ministries.
2 – Second Harvest Food Bank
Supplying food to various charities in our area via a regional food distribution warehouse. They have a special list for Coronavirus needs, which can be found here.
3 – Families Forward Charlotte
Providing essential goods, educational programs, and other support to ease the burden of poverty on children and their families in Mecklenburg County. They are currently focusing on replenishing their stock of grocery store gift cards for families effected by Coronavirus closures. There are several ways to donate these remotely:
1: Send a Walmart gift card via email to email@example.com
2: Purchase Food Lion, Aldi’s, or a Walmart gift card, and mail it to:
Families Forward Charlotte
PO Box 470436
Charlotte, NC 28247
3: Order a Visa gift card from their Amazon wishlist to be shipped directly to FFC
4 – South Mecklenburg High School Food Drive
For this week only, South Meck and Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church are collecting donations for food insecure families at Smithfield Elementary, Quail Hollow Middle, and South Mecklenburg High.
When: Tuesday-Friday (3/17 – 3/20) from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church, 8801 Park Road, Charlotte, NC **You do not need to exit your car. Drive up, and volunteers will take your donations.
What: Food (Spaghetti Noodles, Spaghetti Sauce, Alfredo Sauce, Canned Chicken, Tuna or Salmon, Mac & Cheese, Cereal, Cereal Bars, Peanut Butter, Grape Jelly, Canned Pasta, Canned Fruit, Apple Sauce)
Hygiene (Tampons, Pads, Shampoo, Lotion)
5 – E2D
Focusing on eliminating the digital divide in the Charlotte area. A recent message on their social media: “E2D will still be building every single computer we can get our hands on. Any prolonged period away from school could be cataclysmic to our students. Please, please, please…help this community…help us find more laptops. We are down to one lab, but we’re gonna take it to warp speed as safely as we can.”
Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your corporation have laptops that can be re-purposed for student use.
If you have questions or need more info about how to help, please contact Catherine Whittaker.