在的covid-19大流行一定的担忧开始开始出现关于学生和他们的班级,以及那些谁对他们的依赖学校吃饭。

While free and reduced lunch programs have continued for many school districts, food insecurity needs still surfaced in the community.

For Patrick Jones, a special education teacher for the Ewing Public Schools, a single text message was all it took for him to jump into action.

Deborah and Patrick Jones, founders of Ewing Helping Hands, with a deliverer from Amazon.

On April 24, Patrick received a forwarded message from a fellow teacher that made him realize the needs in his community.

在小区勉强解释了她的孩子一直没能参加在线课程学生由于家庭的经济困难,父母的流行创造了。有一段时间和难度越来越食物无法上网,家长共享,这是麻烦的学生专注于学业。

Patrick showed the message to his mother, Deborah, who shares a residence in Ewing with him.

“当我听到这个那个夜晚,它确实打破了我,把我带到了眼泪认为有人挣扎是很糟糕,有人的地方,带着孩子,说:”德博拉,谁是教育的尤因乡董事会成员。

帕特里克形成了他的学生,即使他只一直处于渔民中学一年的连接。他担心会发生在学生家庭承受像一个失去工作的困难是什么。

That night Patrick posted a general call for help on Facebook to raise funds and collect food donations for struggling families in Ewing.

Patrick offered to pick up any donations to orchestrate helping these families.

狄波拉又伸手到本地朋友和学校董事会成员,德博拉delutis,当晚谁帮放在一起七个袋子食物的家庭需要。

Delutis recruited help from Roomana Khan, a friend who lives in the area, to raise awareness for this issue in Ewing.

Just two days later Khan helped start up the Facebook group Ewing Helping Hands to combine and help organize the Jones’ efforts.

Within a week, the group was helping about 10 families. Currently, the effort has grown to nearly 40 local families a week.

“这是惊人的,有多少人在社会上刚刚伸出的支持,只是一种对大家有帮助,他们的邻居,”帕特里克说。

保密食品配送服务是琼斯的家中跑出来,直到六月底。在这一点上,他们所提供的自助餐厅渔民中学来存储他们的募捐。

All families in need and donations are funneled through the Facebook group or ewinghelpinghands@gmail.com. Confidentiality has been of the highest importance since the beginning. 

家庭只要求他们的地址,家庭,孩子和他们的年龄和任何医疗条件或已知过敏的大小。 Facebook上的组 - 琼斯,四个管理员delutis和汗是唯一的管理每周的列表。

交付量严格帕特里克在一开始由于covid-19健康问题管理。他们想限制接触,并保持家庭的匿名性。他们现在已经招募2名委托尤因当地人的帮助下,和家人朋友,斯科特·弗兰克斯和斯科特·罗杰斯。帕特里克是指两个志愿者作为他的“斯科特的团队。”

Those three are the only ones delivering five days a week, five to 10 families a day, to ensure everyone on their list receives the help they need.

“他[帕特里克]激励着我,如果我们能帮助并鼓励其他人挺身而出,只要伸出手,检查你的邻居...提供任何,”黛博拉说。

A shelf full of food donated by the community to Ewing Helping Hands.

尤因援助之手的成员感谢社会各界对丰的帮助下驱动的努力。创始人只能看照在数百人谁不断帮助了光。

“We wouldn’t be able to do it without everyone’s help,” Khan said. “I mean, that’s the bottom line.”

尤因援助之手询问的地方,如晕场,Aldi和ShopRite精英易腐,不易腐烂和商店礼品卡的捐款。德博拉已经建立了一个亚马逊心愿详细说明哪些项目是有需求的。运送人知道她的房子非常好,她说。

其他捐款留在创始人的家园前弯身。帕特里克管理定期接他们,把他们带到渔民中学,组织他们,并相应地提供他们。

“It’s really been the community stepping up and making this possible,” Patrick said.

Not only have Ewing community members and organizations continually helped, but so have bordering communities. Pennington Mayor Joe Lawver and the Hopewell Valley Mobile Food Pantry have consistently donated about 40 boxes of produce a week to Ewing Helping Hands.

捐款已经从当地机构,包括豪活生生的历史农场,特伦顿麋鹿小屋#105,尤因哥伦布骑士,妇女谁动默瑟中,黛比痕湖的基础上,科里尔树服务,7-Eleven便利店在西特伦顿,背在收到-action按摩师和尤因教师教育协会。

“我把纯粹的喜悦在明知我们能够帮助这些家庭,” delutis说。 “我甚至无法想象作为父母在晚上睡觉,不知道那里的食物是从哪儿来养活你的孩子。它是这样一个基本的需要,不能够提供,它的压力我无法想象。”

“所以只有我们能够采取负荷过这些家庭中,”她补充说。 “这只是如此动人的方式和社会上真正接受它,并...我来外跳下而且也只是食物在我的门廊,一半的时间我甚至不知道谁的都没问题了。”

The response from the families being helped has been very positive, the Jones’ said.

随着学年即将到来,尤文伸出援助之手团队正在准备自己的操作搬回自己家。他们打算继续填补这一需求,只要他们能。

“我一直在接洽,问我们要继续通过夏季进入秋季这样做呢?我的回答是很简单,我们怎么能不呢?”黛博拉说。 

她补充说:“尽管流行病大大影响很多居民的财务状况,我所看到的是人,家庭,我们尤文的孩子,他们现在需要我们的帮助,他们需要它之前的流感大流行,我们将竭尽所能继续与从尤文社会上很多的朋友和我们周围的朋友一起帮忙协助他们为好,一起作为尤文强大的社区。”