During our weekly check-ins with families, we have discovered that not only are parents struggling with food insecurity, they are also suffering from the anxiety and fear of taking their children out of the home to buy food and essentials. We also recognized most of the sites throughout the city were providing food on weekdays and not on weekends. As USES is devoted to supporting our community and families, we responded by partnering with the YMCA of Greater Boston, City Fresh Foods, and About Fresh to establish the neighbor2neighbor Food Delivery Program.
Every Friday, volunteers ranging from our staff, board members, participants, and neighbors come together to create packages for families including fresh produce, prepared meals, cleaning products, diapers, etc. The packages are designed to provide meals for their full families for the full weekend and beyond. The items are carefully sanitized, packaged, and then delivered straight to families’ doorstep from caring community members that are willing to give back to their neighbors. With the uncertainty of employment, anxiety of the pandemic, and stress of affording basic necessities, this response initiative has helped the youth and parents in an extraordinary way!