“That’s what’s exciting about this period is we now have roughly just under $1 million a year to distribute and so the committee has tried to go back and re-capture that spirit and stewardship and tried to think how it can be spent in Springfield as it exists right now,” Baird said.
For Care to Learn, this opportunity meant starting a new chapter in Strafford to meet students’ health, hunger and hygiene needs.
“It means that we are now blanketing and covering every single student that’s enrolled in a public school district in Greene County,” said Jhasmine Watson, deputy director of Care to Learn. “That is 41,000 students that will now have access to have their emergent needs met.”
Brandy Harris, chief executive officer of Boys & Girls Club of Springfield, talked about how the multi-year grant will help her agency work on sustained support for their families.
“We know our impact will not just be a band-aid, but rather a holistic approach to addressing poverty and providing equitable access to opportunity long term,” she said.