Our commitment to keeping the young people we serve safe is always our number one priority.
Following the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, it’s important that you know the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities is doing everything possible to keep Club members, staff, volunteers, and families protected from its spread. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities will remain closed for in-person youth programming at our Club sites through this time. Staff continue to stay connected virtually with youth and families to meet their needs in new ways.
Increasing Supports to Youth and Families
- Family wellness check-ins. BGCTC staff members continue to connect with each one of our families to make sure they have the supports they need during this difficult time. These calls focus on immediate needs related to shelter, food, technology needs, and medical care.
- Connection to and distribution of food. BGCTC has been working diligently with food distributors, grocers, and restaurants to provide weekly meal packages (11,000+ meals per week) for our families and connect families to additional nutrition resources.
- Delivery of youth development programs as a distance learning model. This includes K-12 academic support, ensuring digital connectivity and distribution of education materials and supplies to youth and families.
family wellness check-ins conducted March 18 - May 15
total meals served April 1 - May 15
We’re activating to address food insecurities in our communities.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities is offering free weekly meal packages to Club families to address the increased food insecurities kids and families are facing with work disruptions and school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This expanded meal program – Family Meal Kits – provides nutritious family-style meals and is part of BGCTC’s multi-faceted response plan and ongoing commitment to provide resources that support caregivers as well as children.
The Family Meal Kits program started on Wednesday, April 1. Seven Club locations across the Twin Cities served 13,200 dinner meals to 660 families, with the number served expected to grow in future weeks. Boxes of pre-sorted meal components are distributed at Club locations, with each box containing enough food to provide five dinners for a family of four. Households with more than four members will receive additional boxes. Families can sign up to receive a Family Meal Kit by contacting a Club location in their community.
The implementation of the Family Meal Kits program follows a significant financial contribution by the Minnesota Vikings and the Wilf family. In a letter to fans, the Wilf family explained that resources would be directed to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities “…as they determine how to continue youth and family support during this time of closure for their centers. Specifically, dollars will go directly toward meal and education services to more than 1,000 youth during this crisis.”
BGCTC is also grateful to receive support from Kowalski’s Markets, Cub Foods, Jerry & Diane Carlson, T-Mobile, Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Ryan Saunders and wife Hayley, MATTERbox Snack Packs, Pratt Industries & Minnesota Corrugated Box, Inc., Papa John’s Pizza, and Grandma’s Bakery. The generous contributions received from these partners are helping our organization address new and growing needs among our communities and expand services to families in this critical time during the COVID pandemic.
meals served in Clubs per week prior to closures
families served per week since April 1
meals served per week since April 1
Your support is needed, now more than ever.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities (BGCTC) provides out-of-school time academic and life skills support through age-specific youth development programs and activities to ensure children and teens in under-resourced Twin Cities communities are prepared for successful futures. On a daily basis, though, we also serve as a critical support system to many of our kids and families who have limited resources and are often experiencing job instability, food insecurity, and a lack of permanent housing.
Our Club locations are currently closed for youth programming in accordance with state guidance for the COVID-19 response plan. But as the needs of the families we serve continue, the work of our Club staff must also continue. BGCTC is committed to supporting our youth and families and keeping all staff employed during this challenging time. We are connecting with each one of our families to make sure they have the supports they need while also working in small virtual teams to strengthen and enhance curriculum, lesson plans, and general Club operations. We are working very closely with Comcast to provide free Internet Essentials to all BGCTC families to support online learning. We are also working with food distributors, grocers and restaurants to provide food support. Despite the fact that we’ve had to close our doors and need to practice social distancing until further notice, all BGCTC staff will continue to work very closely with our families and one another to develop a new model that will ensure best practices and action plans that support our youth, families, and our community. This will also better equip our organization for the greater need that will present itself once we are able to re-open our Clubs.
The safety of our kids and families is ALWAYS our number one priority. BGCTC is doing everything possible to keep our kids, staff, and volunteers protected from the spread of COVID-19. But we also have a responsibility during this time to increase supports for our families as they now face additional challenges with school closures, work disruptions, and potential illness and health concerns.
Many nonprofit agencies will face financial disruption because of COVID-19, putting serious pressure on operating budgets. BGCTC is living this uncertainty right now. That is why your support is needed now more than ever. We ask that you consider walking alongside our organization during this challenging time by making a gift to support our continued efforts and the continued needs of our kids and families.