As the nation has been hit with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Andrew L. Hicks, Jr. Foundation was among many organizations that were forced to cancel events and programming indefinitely for the health and safety of their constituents. This lead us to take a shift in our focuses and work to help the Chester community during this time of need.
Our mission will remain to share the love of Christ while connecting two culturally diverse communities, empowering their youth and building dynamic futures – the way in which we go about this has just taken a bit of a shift for the time being. Stay tuned as we continue to adapt our programming to the new normal we find our selves in.
The Foundation is working to provide a multitude of identified at-risk Chester families with boxes of fresh produce and dairy for 8 weeks. This initiative looks to help those who find themselves food insecure during these difficult times or are struggling to provide healthy food options for their families.
The West Chester Food Cupboard was inundated with so many generous donations and grants they are collaborating with us to help provide 18 families each week with enough food for the month. Volunteers are driving food from West Chester down to Chester to be distributed each week.
As Pennsylvania schools have been ordered to close for the remainder of the school year, students are now forced to adapt to remote learning. Unfortunately we learned 40% of Chester families do not own a computer. The Foundation has teamed up with IT edge and TeamChildren to help give away new and refurbished laptops to Chester families in need. We are working to provide students with the tools to succeed as they navigate this difficult new world.
When Pennsylvania schools were closed due to COVID-19 this meant many families who took advantage of the free breakfast and lunch programs within the schools were at a sudden loss of meals they heavy relied on. The Foundation teamed up with Penn’s Table to provide lunches to families in Chester.
For more information on how we are dealing with COVID-19 feel free to reach out to Karen Hicks with any questions!