COVID-19 has many people suffering not only from the illness but with trying to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. Wanting to help those in need, and with the help of friends and family, Alicia was able to raise $600 and make a monetary donation to the Food Bank of New York City!

Before the pandemic hit, Alicia was so excited to complete her independent service project by incorporating her love for cheerleading and working (personally) with others. However, with the outbreak of COVID-19, her plan could no longer include physical interaction. Even though she was no longer able to work hands-on with her community, it did not stop her from wanting to make a difference, she quickly brainstormed other options to find a different way to give back to her community.

After reaching out to different organizations and food banks, Alicia found that the Food Bank For New York City could donate 10 meals for every $1 donated! Quickly, Alicia reached out to the Food Bank For New York City, to see how she could get involved. After emailing back and forth with a Food Donations & Food Sourcing Manager, and with safety being her number 1 priority, Alicia soon realized that going into the city to drop off food donations was not a safe option at the time. This did not stop her from getting involved!

Alicia reached out to family and friends to join her in helping those that need it the most! By creating flyers, letters, and advertising on her social media, together the community was able to raise $600 allowing the Food Bank of New York City to donate 6,000 meals to families in need. Alicia could not have done it without the help of her friends and family, “I am so grateful to be a part of a community that works together. To everyone that has helped me make a difference, thank you!”

Written by 2020 HLFYA Alicia McCarvill