Club Delivers 10,000th Meal
GENEVA -- This week the Boys & Girls Club team is passing a milestone -- 10,000 meals delivered since the virus crisis closed the local schools.
Breakfast and lunches Monday through Friday and dinners Mondays through Saturdays have added up as what some thought would be a short sprint has turned into a bit of a marathon.
"We've had support from throughout the community,'' said Chris Lavin, the Boys & Girls Club's executive director. "And it's not over!''
The club regularly served about 110 dinners nightly as part of its after-school program. When schools closed and many parents were thrown out of jobs, the demand for food quickly grew.
Today our staff is serving and delivering 400 dinners per night and 200 breakfasts and lunches, Lavin said.
"We've had some key partners teaching us the ropes,'' Lavin said. "Sodexo, Wegmans, and some key local restaurants -- including Cams, Bella's, B & D Market -- have been there with us day in an day out.''
Lavin said donors from throughout the region -- including the United Way, the Wyckoff Family Foundation and many individuals -- have helped defray the approximately $7,000 per week cost of this operation.
For the last four weeks, St. Peter's Episcopal Church has sponsored the Saturday night dinners.
Lavin said the organization will endeavor to keep the service going through the end of June, the traditional end of the school year. Preliminary plans for summer food needs are being considered as well, Lavin said.
Many Genevans work at hourly jobs that are currently shut down and, without pay checks, keeping food in the house is a challenge.
The Boys & Girls Club has worked in partnership with the Geneva City School District, which supplies breakfast and lunches to hundreds of school age children each day.