Hardin County Schools is now accepting community donations via Give 270 to continue preparing and delivering food to the elderly during the COVID-19 crisis. Within hours of the April 1 announcement on social media, supporters had given more than $1,000 for meal distribution.
HCS has continued its lunch program for students while schools are closed for the COVID-19 pandemic. With a process for food delivery in place, the school system began offering the meal service to senior citizens as well to help them stay healthy at home. Adults over 60 are most at risk for developing serious coronavirus symptoms. According to USDA guidelines, however, HCS must receive $3 per lunch given to anyone other than a student over the age of 18.
“At this time, we are doing a great job feeding students that need food. Additionally, we have served or delivered 1,400 meals to the elderly in the past three weeks,” said John Wright, director of community relations for HCS. “We have to make some modifications as we move forward and pay for the service through community donations or those who can afford to pay for their own meals. We are excited to see the community step up in such a big way and are thankful for everyone’s support.”
Those interested in helping HCS provide meals to the elderly are asked to visit www.Give270.org/meals to donate. HCS is also seeking volunteers for pick-up and delivery of meals. After Spring Break, meals will be picked up at New Highland Elementary School, located at 110 W A Jenkins Road in Elizabethtown. You can also visit www.Give270.org/meals to sign up as a volunteer. HCS will be closed through April 17, 2020.
Give 270 focuses on venture philanthropy projects benefiting communities in Hardin, LaRue, and Meade County Kentucky. All donations are 100 percent tax-deductible.
“When we launched Give 270, the goal was to create an agile and flexible non-profit for projects exactly like this one to help Hardin County Schools,” said Kenny Rambo, founder of Give 270. “It’s great to see the community coming together to help seniors and those with compromised immune systems – the very people who must remain quarantined or isolated during this COVID-19 pandemic.”