In a request that came from nine school district social workers, BCCF was asked to fund grocery & gas gift cards in small denominations to put in the hands of the district's most vulnerable families.
"We know that The Hunger Coalition is now serving 3 times the amount of individuals per week than their busiest weeks pre-pandemic, even including during the recession. We also know that the food they are providing is only supplemental. In addition, families cannot always get to the pick-up locations during the permitted times to access this service. These cards would be provided as another supplemental resource and would be distributed amongst the school social workers to give out as the need arises," shared Laurie Strand, BCSD Mental Health Coordinator. BCCF not only funded their request, but asked Atkinson's and the Valley Car Wash to match their gift! Thanks to Whit Atkinson of Atkinson's Markets and Matt Smey of Valley Car Wash for meeting this challenge!