- Helping Latino Families
Would you and your children like to pack a gift bag for Latino parents and children? If you speak and write Spanish, perhaps you can add a prayer card with it.
South Richmond’s Sacred Heart Center offers food assistance and more to the local Latinx community during the pandemic. It is accepting nonperishable food donations on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Personal care products, diapers, feminine hygiene products and latex gloves are also accepted. Donations can be dropped off at the side of the building, located at 1400 Perry Street.
The Sacred Heart Center in Richmond’s South Side has become a hub for the region’s growing Latinx community, and has served the area’s Latinx population since 2011, reaching around 11,000 people per year through a range of programs for youth and adults.
The pantry now operates Tuesday through Friday each week, Gonzalez says, and offers curbside pickup for nonperishable foods and personal hygiene products for up to 30 families per day by appointment.
Sacred Heart Center staff members also field questions and clear up misconceptions about the coronavirus through a dedicated resources page on the center’s website. Those services can be a big help for the region’s Latinx community, which has seen disproportionate rates of coronavirus infections, according to state health department data. Latinx residents account for just under half of all of Richmond’s COVID-19 cases with reported ethnicity data from the Virginia Department of Health, despite making up 7.1% of the city’s population.
Your DOER outreach to this group of mostly uninsured and underserved individuals and families will be greatly appreciated.