Brunch Boxes & Bags
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the We Cancerve Movement, Inc. created the Brunch Box program in summer 2020 to address food insecurity in area youth and their families. Through its Brunch Box initiative, We Cancerve provides families with meals over the summer months as a supplement to already existing meal benefit programs provided through the local school system, other free food distribution programs and through the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P- EBT) funds to purchase food when schools were closed. Our program helps address an accessibility issue; many families express challenges in obtaining transportation to the distribution sites and grocery stores to get fresh produce and meat to make healthy, hot meals for their families.
In its inaugural year, Brunch Boxes were stuffed with items donated by Hormel Foods, Bimbo Bakeries and First Fruits Farms of Freeland, Md. Through their generous donations, more than 600 children and their families received boxes to date filled with family-size cereal boxes, fresh corn and tomatoes, breakfast pastries, assorted pasta dishes including macaroni and cheese cups and canned ravioli, shelf-stable complete meals (microwavable), fruit cups and more. Other donors have included Bel Air United Methodist Church, Harford County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Iota Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, World of Children and the Fearless Foundation, Inc. Brunch Box is an
extension of our Breakfast Bag program.
As youth returned to the schoolhouse in Fall 2021, We Cancerve began working with the Harford County Public Schools' Homeless Liaison Office and the Harford Community Action Agency on an unique initiative to provide weekly weekend meals to children experiencing homelessness, chilren living in motels and other high-risk locations with their families, children in kinship care with expressed need and to unaccompanied minors.
Brunch Bags initiative was created to discreetly place brown paper sacks filled with 2-3 small meals inside children's backpacks on Friday evenings each week throughout the school year. Operating similar to backpack blessings, this initiative also targets children whose families may not qualify for traditional homeless services but who, because of income and/or living accommodations, need meal assistance for their children. As of Oct 2022, We Cancerve fills more than 200 bags a month to Harford County Public Schools students at Title I and other schools. We work with school Pupil Personnel Workers to meet this need.
With separate funding and support, We Cancerve also provides Brunch Bags to families at Hackerman-Patz House, a respite facility for families with loved ones receiving medical treatment at Sinai Hospital.
Brunch Bags is a combination of our Breakfast Bags Bonanza and Brunch Box projects.
Wanna help support this initiative? Please donate directly to us through our wishlist.