The Vienna Student Food Initiative
In mid-March, as an immediate response to the economic impact of COVID-19 in our community, Belong! rapidly mobilized and partnered with Christ Church Vienna, other local churches, community members and administrators from schools in the Madison High School Pyramid to form the Vienna Student Food Initiative (VSFI).
Belong! has played a lead role in the VSFI, helping to fundraise and coordinate weekly distribution of food cards to our most vulnerable neighbors, especially those who have been further stressed by the coronavirus outbreak. As of mid-July, VSFI has given out 3,280 food cards ($82,000) to more than 320 families at 6 Madison Pyramid schools.
Thanks to many who have supported this critical work!
In addition to leading the Vienna Student Food Initiative, Belong! is partnering with Vienna Presbyterian Church, Food for Others and the Vienna community to provide “Bags of Love” (bags filled in non-perishables), produce, milk and eggs to distribute to food-insecure families on a monthly basis.