Community Organized Response
Corona Virus Pandemic
OPERATION ONE MEAL
Currently, due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, Baltimore City Schools are closed for an unknown period of time. Many of the children who attend the schools in our impact area rely on the schools for a decent meal. Therefore, many children will not have access to a stable source of meals during the school closure.
We have assembled a small team of volunteers willing to prepare a small evening meal accessible to any youth within our impact area.
East Baltimore | zip codes 21213 and 21205
N Chester St to Edison highway | Federal St to Chase St
Feeding children through the corona virus
March 13, 2020 | ABC 2 WMAR
Operation One Meal
1. This is going to be an event that is longer than people originally thought. We can’t say for sure at this point, but it’s highly likely that schools will not be in session for the duration of this school year.
2. The limit of the number of people that can gather is getting smaller. At a state level that recommendation is less than 50, at the federal level they are encouraging less than 10.
3. The lack of HEALTHY food items will be the biggest and most severe factor affecting the majority of children living in neglected neighborhoods.
4. The lack of healthy foods will have severe impacts on physical and psychological functioning which will result in an increase in violence.
Our Current Operational Strategy: MOBILE BREAKFAST PROGRAM
The current restrictions, which are safety precautions, compel us to adopt a long term mobile food distribution plan. Our product is a “Mobile Breakfast Bag”
In the spirit of our ancestors of the Black Panther Party, we are developing our version of a neighborhood breakfast program. So even during this crisis, we are able to ensure children in the hood are not left behind with the most unhealthy foods. Our goal is to ensure that children have access to a healthy breakfast meal. Our objective is to create a production and distribution operation utilizing the strength of our volunteer students and the resources of the general public. Our mission is to package and deliver healthy breakfast bags throughout food desert communities during the current crisis.
We will package healthy breakfast items which include 100% Whole Grain Oatmeal, fresh fruit, a nutra grain bar and a bottle of water.
Our breakfast bags will be assembled by our Youth COR students and adult volunteers at our facility, while still practicing safe distancing and hygienic practices.
Our van will be filled with breakfast bags and we will ride through our impact area neighborhoods and distribute the bags to the families with children and elderly citizens.
Our program will become a regular and reliable source of nutritious food during this crisis and beyond.
We will start packaging our breakfast bags on Thursday. Our first mobile delivery canvas will start on Friday. Deliveries will occur between 6pm and 8pm, as of now.
With enough volunteers on hand, we aim to operate this mission at least 5 days per week. That schedule is in development.
We anticipate very serious and long-term changes to our society during and after this Corona Virus pandemic. And hopefully these changes are for the betterment of our world. As an organization, COR Health Institute, we firmly take a stand on the following points:
1. As we recognize that food options are scarce, we will not participate in the distribution of food items that we know produce short and long term negative effects on the human body. We will not participate in the continual demise of the human health condition though food.
2. We will not just sit back and watch people in underserved and neglected communities fend for themselves during this time of crisis, knowing that resources and access are severely limited.
3. We will not surrender our God-given abilities to think and solve problems that arise from this crisis. Our community is our Responsibility
These are our updates as now, but like during war, we have an adaptable mind set and will continue to evolve as our challenges do so.
Thank you to everyone who have supported and continue to do so.
This is the Community Organized Response team from the COR Health Institute, operating in service of zipcodes 21213 and 21205.