This month, local families in need will have access to more than 1,500 free, hot meals delivered right to their communities thanks to a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania (BGCWPA) and MedExpress Urgent Care.
BGCWPA and MedExpress will bring Pittsburgh-area food trucks, including South Side BBQ, to five communities throughout the month of May in partnership with Allegheny County Housing Authority, Larimer Consensus Group and Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP). Food trucks will offer families hot meals, free of charge, to help mitigate food insecurity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“More than 90 percent of our Clubhouse members who have responded to wellness checks state that they’re in need of resources like food and transportation is often a barrier to access,” said Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri, President and CEO of BGCWPA. “With more than 40,000 children living on or below the poverty line in Allegheny County alone, we need as much support from the community as possible. MedExpress has so generously stepped up to ensure our youth know we will do whatever it takes to ensure they have great futures. We will be visiting nine communities this May and we look forward to expanding the program in June in more communities as new partners join us.”
MedExpress will also provide families with activity boxes that include kid-friendly projects and supplies like sidewalk chalk, crayons, jump rope and activity sheets to help children stay physically and mentally active during the shelter-at-home order.
“Now more than ever, we know how important it is to come together and truly care for each other and our communities,” said Emily Reinbold, Director of Communications, Community and Company Initiatives, MedExpress. “Pittsburgh is home. This is where our team members live and work, and we know there are those in our communities who need a little extra support right now. We’re here to make sure our local families have what they need to stay healthy, which includes access to warm meals.”
In addition, BGCWPA will distribute food pantry items, STEAM Activity Kits, thanks to the support of HACP, and information regarding BGCWPA’s upcoming Summer Camp which will provide both in person and virtual options with available scholarships. The Will Allen Foundation will also provide 2,500 face masks, and families can enter to win virtual raffles for prizes and gift cards.
“HACP is grateful for the support provided by Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania and for their concern for low income Pittsburgh families during this time of crisis,” said Executive Director Caster D. Binion. “We are continually humbled by the ongoing support provided by our nonprofit partners and the local business community and extend our sincere gratitude to BGCWPA, MedExpress, South Side BBQ and an entire Pittsburgh community that understands that we’re all in this together.”
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Photo and Video Opportunities Available
Members of the media are invited to attend the food truck event on Wednesday, May 20 from 3:30-5:30 PM at Bedford Dwellings (2305 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219). Photo, video and interview opportunities will be available. Other communities served will include Prospect Terrace, Mapleview Terrace, Larimer, Orchard Park & Truman Towers, and Millvue Acres & Carver Hall.
About Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania
BGCWPA is committed and ready to be a critical resource to the relief and recovery efforts of COVID-19. As a community leader that serves several thousand local youth a year, it is our mission to continue to offer our members and the community at large resources, opportunities for engagement, and support during and following this trying time. It is also our job to ensure we support our local communities in every way we can, which is why we are so thrilled to provide local restaurants with this opportunity. and partner with the Housing Authorities in Allegheny County and Pittsburgh. As we approach Memorial Day, these events allow the community to get together, albeit with their masks on and socially distanced to get a hot meal and see their neighbors as they pick up their meals. BGCWPA is hoping to continue these efforts into June to reach even more communities with delicious, hot meals.
MedExpress, in partnership with Optum, is a neighborhood medical center committed to delivering high-quality, convenient, and affordable walk-in care. We offer urgent care, employer health services, and basic wellness and prevention services to help ensure families and employers have access to patient-centric care when they need it. Each of our nearly 6,000 health care and customer service professionals focus on transforming health care delivery – one patient at a time. MedExpress earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Care Accreditation in 2020. For career opportunities or to learn more, visit medexpress.com or connect with MedExpress on Facebook and Twitter @MedExpress and @LifeatME.