The Blaine school district’s Family Service Center (FSC) has been serving the community since 1997, and though its employees are working remotely during the pandemic, the FSC is still available to provide support to local families. Services the FSC provides include food and hygiene supplies and connections with out-of-district resources.
“Due to Covid-19 we have seen an increased need from families in our community,” said Lisa Moeller, Blaine school district public relations specialist, in an email.
According to Moeller, the FSC has provided assistance to approximately 40 more families this year than in 2019. In partnership with Wildbird Charity, the FSC continues to provide weekend meal bags to roughly 150 low-income families.
Because each school is providing students with school supplies this year, the FSC is not conducting its usual school supply distribution. However, any family with school supply needs is encouraged to reach out to the FSC by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moeller said there has been more need in the community for household and hygiene items this year. But in lieu of donations of items, the FSC requests monetary donations in order to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Monetary donations will be used to purchase gas or food vouchers, personal hygiene items, household supplies, clothing, one-time emergency rent assistance and more.
To donate to the FSC, checks can be mailed to the district office at 765 H Street. Checks should be made payable to Blaine school district, with Family Service Center in the memo.