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Boys and Girls Club changes fundraiser date, establishes child feeding program

John Thompson • Mar 17, 2020 at 9:53 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Meals being planned at the Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County have been impacted in two ways by the recent closures because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

One big financial impact the decision to postpone the annual Steak ’n’ Burger, the biggest fundraiser for the club. This year the keynote speaker is fan favorite Richard Petty of NASCAR. The decision was reached to cancel the April 2 event because it would have been held in the time frame when crowds and close social contact are being discouraged in an effort to help prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus.

The Steak ’n’ Burger will be rescheduled to coincide with the fall race in Bristol. The dates have not yet been decided and talks will be made with Petty to get a date that will work with his calendar. Arragements that have been made for table sponsors will be held over for the rescheduled event.

The other matter is the feeding of the boys and girls of the club when their school has been closed by the same effort to prevent the spread of the disease.

The club has coordinated with city and county schools to form a meal service plan to make sure that the club gets food to kids.

A new menu for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner has been developed to cope with the fact that meals will be leaving the club. The meal service will begin today.

City schools will be implementing drive-through breakfast from 9-9:30 a.m. and drive-through lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. at East Side, West side, and Harold McCormick elementary schools For the immediate future, the club will be aiding that effort by providing a snack and dinner at those locations during the lunch pickup.

City schools are on a planned closure next week, so the club will provide one meal and one snack at those same locations.

County schools will provide a lunch from noon to 1 p.m. at Happy Valley, Cloudland, Little Milligan, Hunter, and Hampton elementaries. The club will aid in that effort by providing breakfast (for the next day), a snack, and dinner.

The club will evaluate its service time daily to make sure it is meeting as much of the need as possible. Although the menu does not really include a “hot meal,” it does offer balance and fresh fruits and vegetables as able to be provided

For any special circumstances (dietary needs or delivery), call 615-692-8963.

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