The following email came to us from Jazmin Aaron, Marketing Manager – Music Box Foundation.
On Saturday, December 19, 2020 Food for Friends and the Music Box Foundation partnered for a safe and successful food and toy distribution to the South Side Chicago neighborhood.
The Music Box Foundation is stationed in an area where little to no music education programs are currently easily accessible. In this areas, we have cultivated our own secure community built as a healthy space for students to practice creative freedom and learn the joy of music. Meeting our students at their individual level and advancing alongside them in their growth is a vital part of our values.
Many of our students come from families with lower incomes and thus the lack a proper budget for for food. During the holiday season, we wanted to provide a meal to our our students and their families as way to celebrate the gift of giving. So, in partnership with Food For Friends we were able to deliver a serving event to provide a Christmas Dinner on December 19th 2020.
In past years, we were able to do this via a sit down meal. With the current pandemic, we improvised to an event that practiced social distancing and contactless distribution of food.
In the end, we were successful in distributing 200 packaged meals. The menu consisted of chicken, green beans, sweet potatoes, mostaccioli, corn bread, a brownie, and water. As our students and families picked up their meals, they all expressed thanks for their gifts of food. In addition to the packaged meals, we were able to secure and distribute fresh vegetables to those that wanted them.
And we had a special surprise for the children. Music Box worked with other donors to secured toys, which were wrapped up in bright holiday colors.
We would like to thank all of our amazing Food For Friends and Music Box Foundation volunteers and to all the individuals that donated to our annual toy drive. We look forward to returning for our next community dinner in the new year.
Jazmin Aaron, Marketing Manager – Music Box Foundation