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The public schools may be closed, but many are finding ways of helping families in need, with food support

DAVID F. ASHTON - At the Brentwood Darlington Community Center, Woodmere Elementary School SUN Site Coordinator Mackenzie Taylor readied to help distribute food to Woodmere Elementary School families. During the shutdown of schools due to COVID-19 coronavirus concerns, a nonprofit organization and volunteers are making sure families in need at Woodmere Elementary School, in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, still have a supply of healthy food.

The food distribution by nonprofit Impact NW, which also operates the Woodmere SUN site, has been taking place at the Brentwood Darlington Community Center, 7211 S.E. 62nd Avenue.

"We have 56 families at Woodmere that are part of our 'Backpack Program' – in which we provide nonperishable food for students to take home every week, and which includes some fresh food donated by Imperfect Produce," Mackenzie Taylor, Woodmere's SUN Site coordinator, told THE BEE.

When school was in session, they'd be sending food home on Fridays, "To help families with food insecurity, over the weekend. But now, given these unforeseen circumstances, we're doing this every Tuesday – and also getting help from Latino Network, which helps distribute it on Wednesdays," Taylor said.

With the nice weather, they portioned out the food for each family in sections, along the sidewalk, making it easy to "social distance" while it is picked up.

"By the way, 'SUN' stands for 'Schools Uniting Neighbors'; in this case, we're helping unite the neighbors, even though their children can't attend school," Taylor remarked.

For more information on Impact NW, visit their website – www.impactnw.org


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