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, Give N Kind, Fight2Feed and the generosity of our donors and volunteers!
Since early March, Roberti Community House has distributed over 235,000 meals to food-insecure Lake County residents:
· Over 800 lunches to local children each week
· Over 8,100 prepared meals
· 188,000 meals via family meal kits
· Over 12,150 meals via groceries and produce.
Additionally, Roberti Community House has distributed over 112,500 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 2,500 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.
Helping Students to Overcome Academic Barriers
Since the school year began with students learning from home, Roberti Community House has been providing free, on-site remote learning assistance and tutoring to students who are academically at-risk. This volunteer-driven program provides socially distanced supervision and support.
This program is effectively overcoming the barriers that would otherwise prevent these youth from school participation and success:
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!
Emergency food support – sorting and distribution, delivery drivers needed!
Remote Learning & Tutoring 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!