Prior to, throughout and beyond COVID-19, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania has been a community leader and youth resource. As the 2020 school year approached, the mission to do “Whatever It Takes” did not stop, but rather the demand for quality, safe and affordable programs increased. New communities and families being reached by BGCWPA Before School programs, Community Learning Hubs and After School programs were in need of extra support. This is when our partners at Eat’n Park and United Way of Southwestern PA stepped up to provide two meals a day for members whose school districts were unable to offer daily food resources. 

Both Eat’n Park and United Way of Southwestern PA are committed to serving local youth in any way they can, and for this, BGCWPA is extremely grateful! Thank you to both of these community leaders for allowing BGCWPA to live our mission to activate and advance the potential in every child by doing whatever it takes to ensure they have great futures. 

It is only with partnerships that BGCWPA can continue to reach and impact the lives of even more local youth. As Vice President of Operations, Missy Fuller, shares, “Here at BGCWPA we are extremely impressed at the flexibility and commitment from both United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and Eat’n Park. They jumped into action to support our youth to ensure that they did not miss a meal. They are the true meaning of a community partner and we could not be more proud to work alongside both of them as we all work to support our communities and families together.”

With partnerships, BGCWPA has provided over 200,000 meals during COVID-19 to local families and youth including over 1,000 food boxes and over 3,000 free, hot food truck meals. Interested in helping us to expand our reach and tackle food insecurities? Contact Abby Blake at ablake@bgcwpa.org 

Thank you Eat’n Park and United Way Southwestern Pennsylvania for your generosity, commitment and willingness to do whatever it takes. 

Check out what affordable, quality programs BGCWPA offers in your community by visiting www.bgcwpa.org