To ensure everyone in New Brunswick has what they need to live the healthiest life possible, Urban Revival Project responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by working to make nutritious food and community engagement opportunities more accessible to residents. Recognizing the pandemic has brought on financial challenges for families, Urban Revival Project implemented multiple initiatives. The “Grocery Bags to Families in Crisis” and “Healthy Baby, Happy Baby” initiatives provide fresh produce and formula to parents with young children. To serve elementary, middle- and high-school students, Urban Revival Project distributes hot meals through its Boys and Girls Mentoring Institute, while the “Dining with Dignity” initiative feeds individuals experiencing homelessness. In addition, children have received school supplies through fun distribution events in the community. Through this project, Urban Revival Project has advanced efforts to address hunger in the state, which could inform an equitable recovery.
In February 2021, nearly one year after the onset of the pandemic, Urban Revival Project Executive Director Mona Patel recorded her reflections on the impact of this work. Scroll down to watch the video.
Urban Revival Project Executive Director Mona Patel reflected on the impact of this work in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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