Foster Grandparents serve at Child Hunger Outreach Partners

Foster Grandparents serve at Child Hunger Outreach PartnersChild Hunger Outreach Partners (CHOP) and Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) staff and volunteers collaborate to serve children. Pictured, from right, are Larissa Bacorn, director of operations at CHOP; Helen Keir, Foster Grandparent Program volunteer; Bernice Bennett, Foster Grandparent Program volunteer; and Jesse Newman Foster Grandparent Program director. Provided photo.

Many things look different this year, including the Foster Grandparent Program. During a normal year the Foster Grandparents are heading back to school to help mentor youth in area schools, day care centers and Head Start centers. However, this year COVID-19 guidelines have caused volunteer host sites must limit the number of people in the buildings.

Foster Grandparents are still serving children in our communities, just in different ways.

One new way the Foster Grandparents are serving is with the Child Hunger Outreach Partners (CHOP). The mission of CHOP is to end childhood hunger in the United States and create an entire generation that doesn’t know hunger. CHOP serves our community children through Pop Up Pantries, the Backpack Program, In School Pantries, and the Summer Feeding Program. Foster Grandparent volunteers are assisting CHOP in the packing food and the delivery of food.

Other forms of service include making take-home activities for students, support the development of student packets for distance learning, tutor / mentor students virtually or by phone, telephone wellness check-ins with students focused on overall well-being of student, telephone wellness check-ins with parents and caregivers to determine what learning resources are needed to support the students virtual learning needs, create video demonstrations, provide life skills lessons, read books with children – virtually engaging with students in discussion questions, and support connection to education resources for both students and parents.

More information on Child Hunger Outreach Partners can be found by going to childhungeroutreachpartners.com or by calling (570) 485-5050.

For more information on the Foster Grandparent Program and other B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. services, call 1-800-982-4346.  

The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

The Foster Grandparent Program is sponsored by the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. and federally funded by the Corporation of National Community Service. Funding also provided by the Bradford County United Way, the Susquehanna County United Way, the Lycoming County United Way-Tioga County Fund and the Tioga Downs Regional Community Foundation.

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