In times of unforeseen events, communities–like the one in Gwinnett–show support and care in ways we forget is possible. Right now students are navigating online school, local businesses are rolling with the punches, and parents are taking on a new role as teacher. These shifts in our everyday lives mean a lot of our normal securities are uncertain. With Gwinnett having one of the highest populations of food insecurity, many students are having to turn elsewhere for a normal meal promised at school. Incomes are taking a hit as hours are cut or jobs are completely lost. Luckily, our community is filled with people who are prepared to give back. Here is a list of places to go to if you are interested in helping out or are in need of resources.
Gwinnett County Public Schools
68 schools in the county are offering meals to students 18 and younger from 11am to 1pm. School buses are also delivering meals to certain areas, like: “Berkmar, Central Gwinnett, Discovery, Meadowcreek, Norcross, Shiloh, and South Gwinnett– and for the following schools– Alcova ES, Arcado ES, Berkeley Lake ES, Chesney ES, Duluth MS, Harris ES, Jackson ES, Knight ES, Lovin ES, McKendree ES, Northbrook MS, and Sycamore ES. The buses will be making stops at their regular bus stops between 11 a.m. and noon” (WSBTV). Check out this great article from WSBTV that breaks down resources for each county!
In an effort to continue helping those in need while maintaining the safety of our community, local cooperatives are going the extra mile. North Gwinnett, Lawrenceville, and Southeast Gwinnett co-ops have released their response to COVID-19 while also listing their most needed supplies. Food items–like tuna, boxed meals, and soups are among the most needed. Personal items–like laundry detergent, soap, toilet paper, and toothpaste are also needed.