When the schools were initially closed, getting food to children became a huge priority for Hoover City Schools Child Nutrition, Hoover Helps, our local faith-based partners, city of Hoover employees and Neighborhood Bridges Hoover. Each played a major role in successfully providing proper nutrition to children and families in need.
Beginning immediately, Hoover Child Nutrition Program (CNP) began serving free lunches and breakfasts each weekday at Green Valley Elementary School. They averaged approximately 500 breakfasts and lunches delivered each day. This food distribution continued during summer months and even added three additional deliver spots at all three middle schools.
Hoover Helps, along with our faith-based partners, continue to purchase food, pack into bags and distribute to children that are food insecure. We delivered some bags of food at the schools alongside Hoover CNP. City employees from the Hoover Public Library and Hoover Parks and Recreation also delivered bags of food to 12 Hoover apartment complexes. In addition to delivering an average of 600 bags / week, they also delivered over 1,000 children’s books.
Needs were posted by school counselors on Neighborhood Bridges Hoover. This alerted Hoover residents to drop off food items at the Hoover Recreation Center. Volunteers from the city organized, packed and delivered bags of food to hot spots in the city.
Large boxes of food were also delivered to families in need at both high schools. Pallets of food were delivered to the Finley Center from the Community Foodbank of Central Alabama. City employees organized and packed boxes of food designed for a family of 4. Over 600 large boxes of food were delivered to families.
School counselors utilized Neighborhood Bridges Hoover to help families in crisis. During the months of March-May, over 70 Shipt grocery orders were delivered directly to the doorsteps of families in need. Our great community partner, Shipt, along with our dedicated school counselors helped numerous families during this unprecedented time.