Under the “CMS Eats at Home” plan, every CMS student can order a free meal bundle with a week’s worth of meals, which will be delivered once a week to schools or bus stops. The meal bundles are excellent –fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, a few prepared items.
The plan does two things.
•It provides food for students.
• It provides jobs for CMS employees who prepare and deliver the food.
To help keep as many people employed as possible, as many families as possible need to sign up. Families can sign up for the meals through Paypams.com.
If you’re worried that by signing up you’ll be taking food from someone who needs it more – don’t be! Funding for this program depends on the number of meals provided. There will be food for every eligible family that signs up. If you don’t sign up, CMS won’t get that money. If they don’t get it, they can’t use it to help pay employees.
Families who do not plan to use the food can donate it to OurBridge for Kids, a fabulous organization that helps refugee and immigrant families in Charlotte. These families have been hit hard by Covid and can really use the help.
You can donate meals by taking boxes to OurBridge at 3925 Willard Farrow Dr (corner of Tipperary & Shamrock). Just follow the signs, go in the front door, and let them know you’ve got the boxes. They’ll help unload them.
They ask that you bring the boxes by 2:30 p.m. on the day you pick them up, to ensure that the frozen items stay frozen until they can get them to families.
Organizing a Meal Bundle Donation Plan
If you have several families with the same meal pickup school who would like to donate their CMS Eats at Home meal bundles to OurBridge for Kids, it’s easy to organize.
Families should order their bundles through PayPams.com. The order will tell them which is their pickup school, and whether they’re assigned to group A, B, C, or D (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday).
Families should send that information to your organizer (screenshots of the order work well) who can then make a list of which students’ bundles will be available on which days.
Each day, a volunteer should go to the pickup school between 10:30 and 12:30 with a list of names of the students who have ordered bundles for that day. The folks at the school will check the list and then load the boxes into the volunteer’s car.
The boxes can then be delivered to OurBridge, as described above. Again, they ask that you bring the boxes by 2:30 p.m. on the day you pick them up, to ensure that the frozen items stay frozen until they can get them to families.
At the moment, it’s only possible to order bundles a few weeks in advance, so it helps to periodically remind participating families to keep their orders up to date.
Thanks for helping!