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Second Wave: ‘Because We Care’ Food Distributions Include Masks, Gloves for HCDE Head Start Families

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A second round of food distributions began this week as HCDE Head Start and Early Head Start families continue to receive “Because We Care” food boxes. The HCDE Board approved the care package program through an emergency board meeting in March, appropriating $250,000 in funding for food for Head Start families. To date, approximately 5,800 meals have been provided to our Head Start families. The second round of food distribution continues to benefit our 1,350 Head Start families. “Through the generous support of the HCDE Board, funds appropriated will continue to support our families through a third, planned food distribution in May,” HCDE Head Start Senior Director Venetia Peacock said. Multiple families were served this week at the La Porte and J.D. Walker center locations. Additional distributions are planned next week. Inside the boxes are food staples like peanut butter, beans, canned vegetables, bread, rice and fruit. Food is supplied through Choice Partners. Infants and toddlers are provided formula, baby food and diapers. Head Start staffs the distribution, and families drive through to receive the care boxes. Students are also given books to help with at-home learning. Head Start is also recruiting Head Start and Early Head Start students for the 2020-2021 school year. Families interested in the no-cost program may call 713-672-9343. For more information, go to http://www.hcde-texas.org/Head-Start . Source: HCDE