We want to talk about summer in the south. Clay County South. For the kids in our Summer Program, their summer is nothing like this picture.We will have a community meeting to talk about plans for Summer 2019 soon, but we are already planning and brainstorming. Today, we met with Marie Bettenbrock and we talked about Clay County South. As always, we are sharing the information as we know it. We make it up as we go along and ask our community for help.
Here is where we are right now for Summer 2019 Program in Clay County South. Although we stepped out in faith to deliver Monday through Friday last Summer a few volunteers struggled with a very large (and often overwhelming) number of miles and tasks. So, based on last summer, delivery in Clay County South will go back to Monday delivery (leave shelf stable food for Tuesday), Wednesday delivery (leave shelf stable food for Thursday) and Friday delivery. So, we are really asking for people to commit and help for 12 days this summer in Clay County South. You can help for one day, two days or 12 days. That is where we are right now for Summer 2019.
The reality for the volunteers in Clay County South was the three routes covered 122 miles a day! That is overwhelming. So, a volunteer from Cory or south of Clay City packed food, delivered to Bowling Green or Center Point, points in between and beyond and then had to drive back home. This meant the person who took a route that was 33 miles long may have driven over 66 miles to deliver to 35 children. We are praying there are people who can help deliver out of the areas in Clay County South near their home or even pack in a local church. Center Point, Bowling Green and points in between we aren't aware of until you tell us. There are fewer children in Clay County South, the miles are greater, but the need is the same. We have helped all families who asked this past two summers and do not want to turn any away. We need to split those three routes of 122 miles (one way) into local routes for local people. All of Clay County will have 2 "big" deliveries of shelf stable food in July (dates to follow soon).
We will have a community meeting soon to discuss Summer 2019 and ask for help, but in the meantime, we need you to help us figure out Clay County South. So please search your heart, reach out to those you might know and help us figure it out.