University City Education Foundation Awarded a $10K Grant To Support Summer Meal Appeal
The University City Education Foundation has been awarded a $10,000 grant to continue the work of addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant money comes from the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, and was awarded by the St. Louis Community Foundation. The money will be used to help provide care packages containing fresh produce, snacks and household essentials for students and their families during the summer months.
“The addition of this grant money comes at a critical time,” said Superintendent Sharonica Hardin-Bartley. “We are well on our way to our fundraising goal, which will allow us to feed some of our students and their families this summer.”
In mid-March, the decision was made to close buildings in the District for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. A Grab & Go Meal program was immediately established so students could pick free up meals curbside. So far, the District has distributed more than 85,000 meals to students whose families may be experiencing food insecurity due to the financial impact of COVID-19.
On April 17, the University City Education Foundation (UCEF) stepped in and launched a Summer Meal Appeal campaign. Its goal is to raise money to provide weekly care packages with supplementary fresh produce, snacks and household essentials to about 100 families every week of the summer. To date, the summer meal appeal has raised more than $35,000 through individual community donations. With the addition of the $10,000 grant from the St. Louis Community Foundation, the Summer Meal Appeal is more than two-thirds of the way to meeting its final fundraising goal of $60,000.