After the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, we enabled food aid support for our parents because the majority of them had lost their jobs. In addition, most people had to stay at home due to the enforced restrictions. The majority of the food assistance at the time came from different partners and donors. The entire undertaking was referred to as “food from friends.”
The economy has not yet fully returned to normalcy two years after the epidemic, so most of our parents are still unemployed or unable to earn enough money to support their families. As a result, NRCF is continuing to provide food assistance to these parents as well as any other program parents who are struggling to put a meal on the table due to other factors like illness or other hardships.
After COVID-19 loosened up back in 2022, we ceased food aid support for all our parents but we kept track of the parents who still needed it. This was done per department. All case managers were required to identify several parents in their caseload that needed food assistance and support them accordingly. Each case manager is given a fixed number of packages to distribute to parents each month from the food that is allocated to them individually.
This will be the norm in 2023 too as we continue to support struggling parents. The food aid program has so far helped more than 130 parents in the first quarter of 2023. Our aim is to be able to assist all NRCF parents who are having a hard time feeding their families.
We call upon well-wishers to help us continue offering this support to our parents.