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Over 1 million meals distributed to kids in need by CMS amidst COVID-19 crisis

May 6. If you’re sailing through the COVID-19 pandemic without too much trouble, it might be worthwhile to remember those who aren’t.

In addition to the tragedy unfolding at Autumn Care in Cornelius, there have been 477 deaths statewide, due to COVID-19, according to the North Carolina Dept. of Health & Human Services.

The state’s total unemployment has surpassed 1 million people, and confirmed cases of the coronavirus have now been found in 99 of the state’s 100 counties.

At the height of the Great Recession, North Carolina saw roughly 100,000 unemployment claims per month. The state has had 10 times that many in fewer than two months.

And while we’re still seeing Facebook posts of people gorging on takeout lunches, as of May 1, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has distributed 1,012,970 meals to hungry kids since schools shut down March 14.

There are countless ways to give back at this time. One is United Way of Central Carolinas.

Nearly $3 million has been awarded to 14 local nonprofits in the first round of grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund. To date, more than $11 million has been raised for the fund from corporations, foundations, individuals and local government.

So far, its Mecklenburg County COVID-19 Relief Fund has given the following:

—$70,000 to Ada Jenkins Center to provide emergency financial assistance and support to individuals and families in North Mecklenburg.

—$75,000 to Camino Community Center to increase access to food and household products for the elderly and families.

—$75,000 to Charlotte Family Housing to increase rental subsidies for clients who have lost employment or income.

—$275,000 to Common Wealth Charlotte to provide no-interest loans and deferred payment schedule to workers in restaurants and hospitality fields.

—$75,000 to Communities in Schools to facilitate delivery of food and hygiene kits to homeless children and families living in hotels.

—$600,000 to Crisis Assistance Ministries to help those reside in motels – and are unemployed or have lost wages – remain in place.

—$100,000 to Latin American Coalition to set up a bilingual hotline and electronic clearinghouse to assist the immigrant community.

—$100,000 to Loaves & Fishes to assist with new delivery strategy required due to the crisis.

—$243,462 to Men’s Shelter of Charlotte to reduce numbers in its shelters, maintain staffing levels and provide rental subsidies to clients who have lost employment or income.

—$90,200 to Safe Alliance to reduce numbers in its shelters, maintain staffing levels and provide hotel rooms for domestic violence victims at highest risk.

—$138,448 to Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte to reduce numbers in shelters, maintain staffing levels and provide rental subsidies to clients who have lost employment or income.

—$500,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to purchase food due to provide to those in need.

—$500,000 to SocialServe to work with landlords renting to families and seniors unable to pay due to the crisis, as well as help homeless families leaving hotels find secure rental housing.

—$75,000 to Supportive Housing Communities to increase mental health services for residents, provide stipends for residents who are volunteering, and assist with increased housing needs for residents who have lost employment or income.