An Urgent Message about COVID-19

Reaching the Children

The Kind Mouse continues to serve our community through this public emergency. We must continue to reach and feed the food insecure children of Pinellas County while schools are shutdown. Under the Safer at Home order, we are forced to think creatively. The Kind Mouse continues to work with our existing agencies and partners. But we are going deeper into our community to work with those who see children on a daily basis.

Read the Update from the Kind Mouse.

Crisis in Our Community

Before the school closing we were feeding children in the program for a weekend. Now we are being asked to feed those children plus hundreds more, not just over weekends, but 7 days a week! This is a crisis in our community!

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Your tax deductible donations are extremely appreciated and most needed during these uncertain times. We ask that if your career has not been affected by this, that possibly you will be able to help us feed one child for a week. $50 is what it will take. This will go a long way to help The Kind Mouse fill as many tummies as possible.

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The Kind Mouse has been busy during this pandemic.

Due to COVID-19, we have been feeding more and more hungry children. We contacted all our agency partners and learned their plans. Then we provided each partner with 2 to 4 weeks’ worth of food – either delivered to them, or they picked up. The Kind Mouse intends to do the same for the duration of this pandemic.

We drove to Mattie Williams Neighborhood Center in Safety Harbor with JWB Board Member Mike Mikurak and delivered 1,406 pounds of food for them to hand out via 2 drive by food pickups for 4 zip codes. We will continue to serve Mattie Williams Neighborhood Center throughout this pandemic.

We have arranged for community affairs personnel to carry our Mouse Nibbles bags in their cars to deliver directly to the food insecure children of our area. We have provided them with 2,000 Mouse Nibbles sacks to deliver to the children for us. Each sack contains 3 meals.

We are working with the Sheriff’s Department and have provided them with 300 Mouse Nibbles sacks to hand out as they encounter hungry children. We will replenish them as soon as they are in need.

We are working with the Pinellas Park Police for them to possibly do the same.

We spoke with the Clearwater Police to see if they would be interested in having our Mouse Nibbles sacks for the hungry children they encounter. They are so thrilled they are proposing to make this countywide. Chief Slaughter is introducing us to communities that are most affected by this pandemic.

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We had the pantry thoroughly bleached down and wiped down. We have hand sanitizer generously donated to us by Kozuba and Sons distillery and ask all volunteers to wear gloves. We are strictly abiding by the 6’ rule.

We intend to keep the pantry open and continue to pack Mouse Nibbles. Our staff is working remotely, but I am there along with several board members and volunteers. We have reduced our volunteer numbers and hours drastically to enable us to respect the 6’ separation rule.

We have scheduled food donation drop offs at the pantry. We ask that the donors ring the doorbell, leave the food on the door step then we gather it after they walk away.

So in a nutshell this is what we did just these past 2 weeks above and beyond the usual school and agency children. We were very fortunate that the school break started right at the beginning of this for we had already sent an additional 2- 4 sacks home per child. I am proud to say we filled an additional 2,425 Mouse Nibbles sacks the first week of school closing. Each sack equals 3 meals. So a total of 7,275 additional meals were provided in the first week of this pandemic.

We WILL feed more children as the need grows.

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Thank you so much for your support. Please Donate today!

Gina

Requirements for Pantry Work

We are very appreciative of the number of people willing to come help at the pantry during the COVID-19 crisis. Please understand we have to take the following precautions and ensure the safety of yourself and others. Kindly signup ONLY if you fit the following criteria:

1) You are 18 to 60 years old.
2) You are healthy.
3) You have been in St. Petersburg for the past 30 days consecutively and have not come into contact with anyone who is infected.
4) You have signed and returned our Unconditional Waiver, Release and Indemnity Form. Applies to new applicants within the last 60 days.

Forms can be mailed, emailed or brought in at time of volunteering.

Feel free to wear a mask and/or gloves and bring your own sanitizer.

We have a refrigerator and microwave for your convenience.

Thank you for your kindness and dedication!


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