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06/03/2020

RHA Reaches 2,000 Meals Served Milestone; Gives Out Masks

Resident Commissioner Charlene Wilson volunteers to distribute free, hot, nutritious lunch plates outside of Lee Gardens Comm. Ctr.

ROXBORO-Roxboro Housing Authority (RHA) has delivered over 2,000 emergency meals for local youths. The public housing authority also has distributed free masks, books, toys and safety information.

"The meal distribution effort is a positive, safe and direct way to help families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Felts Lewis, executive director. "It also allows RHA staff, commissioners and residents to stay in touch and exchange valuable information about various needs in the community." 

As of Tues., June 2, 2020, the Authority distributed 2,105 meals, averaging over 125 meals per day.  RHA's partnering non-profit Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C. contracts with K&W Cafeteria to prepare and deliver meals throughout the work work. Meal distribution continues throughout the summer.

Meals accompanied with fat free or one percent milk are distributed  to the parents of youths at all RHA sites:  Harris Gardens Comm. Bldg. on Mt. Bethel Church St.; Green Gardens Community at Green and Walker St.; Lee Gardens Comm. Ctr. on Lyle St.; and Weatherly Heights Comm. Ctr. on Cleveland Ln.

Along with residents receiving masks and NC Dept. of Health and Human Services COVID-19 safety flyers. staff and others representing RHA passed out Census 2020 coloring books, water bottles and bags supplied by Person Co.'s GIS Department. Free books were courtesy of Partnership for Children along with free toys provided by Person County Schools.

Meal site volunteers wear masks and gloves supplied by the Food Bank and practice social distancing. Volunteers also implement other Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health and safety measures. Adults pick up the meals for children and do not congregate within the site's meal distribution area. 

For more information and to provide donated items, contact FSS Coordinator Larry Mayfield at (336) 647-4340.

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