When the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools in Corvallis, the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation ramped up its homeless student outreach program to help
ensure emergency food security and housing stability for those most vulnerable students and their families.
The Foundation needed to quickly raise $100,000 to cover the costs of these additional and unexpected needs. The Rotary Club of Corvallis’ members, building on our long-standing support for homeless students, quickly donated nearly $6,000 for the emergency program. This, along with other community donations, allowed the CPSF to exceed its goal and, as of late April, provide over 170 families in need with supplemental food/hygiene bags and 45 households with short-term rent and utilities assistance. Over one hundred families now get weekly food box deliveries.
This activity is complemented by Dial-A-Bus deliveries and Linn-Benton Food Share supplies, programs that also receive regular RC of Corvallis support. The challenge for CPSF, Rotary and other community organizations will be to sustain this support to economically distressed student families beyond the current school year and through the summer or longer.