Give Chances Food Assistance Program: Supporting Low-Income Families Impacted by COVID-19
Families who live in poverty have already fallen through the social safety net during this crisis. As COVID-19 has advanced over the past several weeks, it has disproportionally affected low-income families in our community. Parents have lost jobs, and as a result, food is becoming scarce, even with the food distribution supported by the State of New Jersey and community outreach projects.
The Economic Crisis:
Last April 5th, 2020, Give Chances conducted an internal survey of the current participants of our Joyful Learning Children’s program, which serves children from low-income families. The survey found that most of the households were in an alarming state -- there were not any adult household members working full-time, and 50% of all adult household members were unemployed for the past three weeks. For those households where a family member was working part-time, they were working at most two or three times per week, and there were no households with more than one person working part-time. This level of income is barely sufficient for families to survive during the pandemic.
- Household unemployment rate: 50%
- Full-time Employment rate: 0%
- Part-time single income households: 50%
Family members expressed in the survey that they had run out of hot meals a few days previously, and were worried their children would not have enough food to eat until the pandemic was over. In addition, they did not have the resources to pay rent. Participant guardians explained that there is no work to be found.
Backgrounds of the children at the Joyful Learning Children’s program:
In Palisades Park, New Jersey, it is recorded that approximately 40% of elementary school children are from low-income households. Give Chances Joyful Learning Children’s program is in the heart of Palisades Park and supports children from very low-income households with free education. When the State of New Jersey announced an increase of 205,000 households signing up for the New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) during March alone, we knew that the households that we support would be directly affected by the economic crash, and we wanted to measure the impact through the survey.
Where your funds go:
Give Chances will be supporting at least 15 households that are experiencing significant economic impact due to COVID-19 with food and essential supplies. We aim to support each household with a gift-card worth $1,000. For a period of 2 months, we would provide $250 dollars worth of gift-cards to each household on a biweekly basis. All funds raised for this cause will go directly to purchasing the gift-cards.
Who are we?
We are staff members of Give Chances. Give Chances, Inc, is a non-for-profit organization founded and registered in the State of New Jersey since 2011. It is recognized as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the IRS. Our vision is to create and provide opportunities for children, youth and people with disabilities who do not have access to quality education and/or timely care due to limited resources.