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Partnership to Provide Meals to Bruns Avenue ElementaryWith recent NC public school closures, PRM Cares has put together the following list of ways we can support others in CMS and our greater Charlotte-area community. When times are uncertain, it can be uplifting to find concrete ways to help others in need! 

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.

CMS Meal Distribution Plan for ChildrenCharlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will provide grab and go meals while schools are closed. Lunch (and breakfast for the next day) will be served in participating school’s parking lots. Meals are free for anyone 18-years old and under.

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.

Additional Community SupportIn addition to the needs of Bruns families mentioned above, there are many other organizations around Charlotte that are working to support families during this time. Please see below for other ways to help.

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  info@familiesforwardclt.org

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 donatelaptops@e-2-d.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.