Community members receive fresh fruits, vegetables, and other essential grocery items delivered to their doors.
“Good Food Packs” are being delivered to families and individuals experiencing food insecurity and financial barriers as a result of shelter-at-home directives amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pilot program is an initiative of the Better Bite Community Kitchen, a division of New Dawn Enterprises, and is supported by donations.
Each pack includes canned goods like soup and tuna, dry goods like oatmeal and crackers, fruit and vegetables, juice, and bread. In order to keep in-person contact to a minimum, food is purchased through Cisco and Armstrong delivery services. Staff and volunteers at the Better Bite Community Kitchen unload the supplies and repackage items individually.
Harold’s Bakery has donated 100 loaves of bread per week for four weeks, and future packs will include things like books (donated by the CBRL Library to be included in family packs) and other non-food items like socks (donated by the United Way to be included in seniors’ packs).
For the time being, the program is open to New Dawn real estate tenants, New Dawn Meals on Wheels clients, New Dawn Homecare clients, and United Way-funded groups.
Good Food Packs are delivered weekly. In its first week, the program prepared and delivered 131 packs; in its second week, 369 packs; in its third week, 692 packs.