Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Roberti Community House has been distributing food and providing supportive services to food insecure families in Waukegan and throughout Lake County. In response to the effects of the pandemic, RCH has risen to the challenge by continuing to meet the needs of the high-risk population we serve.
Providing Emergency Food Support
Our response efforts are focused on emergency food support for those who have experienced hardship as a result of the pandemic. RCH addresses hunger by providing complete meal kits, prepared meals and lunches, and fresh produce. These efforts are made possible by our very own Chef Clay Erickson and our partnerships with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Imperfect Foods, Beef4Hunger, Elawa Farm, and the generosity of our donors and volunteers!
Since early March, Roberti Community House has distributed over 25,000 meals to food-insecure Lake County residents:
· Over 9,000 lunches
· Over 4,800 prepared meals
· Over 9,000 meals via meal kits
· Over 3,100 meals via groceries and produce
Additionally, Roberti Community House has distributed over 30,000 meals via emergency and produce boxes in partnership with the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Providing Life-Saving Face Masks
Face masks are a critical component in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Roberti Community House, with the help of Miceli Drapery of Union, Illinois, and Jim Creath, family member of longtime RCH volunteers, stepped up to provide over 2,000 masks to those in need. Our ability to provide donated masks to those who could otherwise not access or afford this much needed personal protective equipment ensures the health and safety of the community we serve.
Adapting to Meet our Community’s Needs
While our typical operations revolve around providing a community gathering space where individuals can learn and thrive, this model was no longer feasible as a result of the pandemic. To carry our mission out into the community, we quickly shifted to Zoom calls with our community members to provide much-needed connection and remind everyone that we are all in this together.
As time passed, we expanded our programming beyond Zoom calls to include socially distanced outdoor recreation activities for our community members. Activities have focused on increasing activity, healthy eating and strengthening connections with one another, and have included walks on local trails, stretching and yoga, and cultivation of the gardens.
Summer Youth Program Provides Much-Needed Social Connections
Roberti Community House is proud to provide a safe and socially distanced version of our Summer Youth Program.
Through fun and educational activities in the RCH yard, we are helping to lessen the impact of these last months of isolation. It is so wonderful to see the many smiles of our community children again!
How can I help?
- Volunteers Needed – Our programs are only possible with the help of our dedicated volunteers. Share your time and talents at RCH or remotely!
Kids outdoor fun, Thursdays and Fridays 10-11:30
Gardening & harvesting, Tuesdays & Thursdays 10-12
Emergency food support
Please contact Pam Fisher, Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected].
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We sincerely appreciate your support in helping us to provide for the at-risk community we serve.
WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOU!