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Boys & Girls Clubs extending meal program to serve Milwaukee students taking remote classes

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) recently made the decision to extend its meal distribution program to continue serving local students.

The program was originally scheduled to end on July 27, but many students would not have access to adequate nutrition after it was announced that Milwaukee schools would be learning remotely for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.

“Thousands of kids in Milwaukee won’t be able to rely on school and after school programs to supplement their nutritional needs, and the pandemic has only exacerbated the challenge some families face providing quality food to their families,” said Kathy Thornton-Bias, BGCGM President and CEO. “Boys & Girls Clubs will always remain committed to supporting those who need us most, especially in times of crisis.”

Families can visit one of the three BGCGM Clubs distributing meals every Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or while supplies last. Each family will be provided with three meals per day for seven days for each child 18 and under in their home, for a total of 21 meals per child each week.

Daniels-Mardak Club, 4834 N. 35th Street, Milwaukee; LaVarnway Club, 2739 N. 15th Street, Milwaukee; and Don & Sallie Davis Club, 1975 S. 24th Street, Milwaukee.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is one of the largest and longest youth-serving agencies in Milwaukee, with 45 locations in the city. Since the pandemic began in mid-March, BGCGM has distributed more than 220,000 meals. A new end-date for the program has not yet been determined.

In addition to meal distribution, BGCGM is also supporting Milwaukee’s youth with in-Club summer programming at several sites. Clubs are operating with reduced capacity and extensive safety protocols in place.

Virtual programming is also available at bgcmilwaukee.org. These efforts reflect BGCGM’s commitment to do what is necessary to ensure that kids in under-resourced Milwaukee communities thrive academically, socially, and personally, especially during challenging times.

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