For the past 55 years, Blue Valley Community Action Partnership (BVCA) has remained committed to serving our communities, especially during times of crisis. As COVID-19 swept across the nation and demand for emergency services increased dramatically, BVCA worked to bring together various community partners, shift available financial and human resources, and tailor services and strategies to quickly create effective responses to the pandemic. Now, more than ever, our community needs us...and we need you.
In the early weeks of the pandemic, BVCA reviewed existing assessments and analyzed data trends to identify the services most likely to be impacted by the pandemic; and in order to pinpoint evolving needs and resource gaps, BVCA conducted a COVID-19 Community Needs Survey to identify issues across our nine-county service area in southeast Nebraska. Food insecurity was commonly noted in the responses. According to the report, “Early Food Insecurity Impacts of COVID-19”, some parts of the country have seen a 33% increase in food insecurity, including many individuals and families who had never sought food assistance in the past. Locally, BVCA has provided food security for 817 elderly in our Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), and 890 women, infants and children in our WIC Program. In addition, 1,549 households received emergency food baskets, and 26,210 meals and snacks were provided to children in BVCA’s Head Start 0-5 program.
As the pandemic unfolded and the expanded scope of our communities’ needs became evident, BVCA has worked with over 800 households to combat the financial strain of the pandemic by providing assistance with rent, utilities and nutritious food. Unfortunately, BVCA’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program and food pantries could not keep up with the growing demand. In response, BVCA implemented a food voucher program. As the need grew and people accessed this service, our reserves were heavily impacted. In order to meet the continuing need and replenish supplies, we are asking for help from our communities. This crisis has revealed that families, friends, neighbors and strangers are willing to come together and sacrifice to protect and care for one another. If you are able, please make a donation to help support our COVID-19 Food Security efforts. Any gift, large or small, will allow us to continue to offer services in your community.
Whether for nutrition assistance, emergency assistance, services for Veterans, Head Start, housing, homeownership, youth services, or health services, families have been turning to Blue Valley Community Action Partnership…and we are turning to you.
In times like this, we’re reminded of how interconnected we all are. Thank you for being part of our community. Without you, none of it is possible. We are grateful for any support you can give us as we continue to help people, change lives, and strengthen our communities.