Boys & Girls Clubs offering takeout dinners, snacks

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Patrick Placzkowski. Courtesy Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids

The local Boys & Girls Clubs organization is closing regular club operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak but will provide meals for pickup at three locations.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth said Monday that it will close regular club operations for the duration of the state-mandated Michigan school closure; however, it will continue to provide take-out dinners and snacks for families of all members and all youths 18 and younger at its three locations throughout the city while supplies last.

“The safety and well-being of our members, staff and community is our primary concern. To prioritize the health of our families and community members, we have made the difficult decision to close our regular club operations until further notice,” CEO Patrick Placzkowski said. “However, we are committed to supporting our community’s most vulnerable kids and their families and will continue to deliver the dinner and snacks they rely on five days a week throughout the year.”

Dinner will be prepared at each of the three Boys & Girls Clubs in the city and will be available for pick-up between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through April 6 or until the clubs reopen.

Food pick-ups are available at the following locations:

Steil Club, 235 Straight Ave. NW, Grand Rapids (616-233-9370)

Paul I. Phillips Club, 726 Madison Ave. SE, Grand Rapids (616-233-9370, ext. 300)

Seidman Club, 239 Crofton Ave. SE, Grand Rapids (616-233-9370, ext. 200)

“We feel very fortunate to offer this crucial lifeline for many families in our community and hope we can return to full operations as soon as possible,” Placzkowski said.

“Families will be updated regularly as the situation evolves, by phone and email and through social media and our website. Given the unchartered territory we’re in as a nation, we hope to support local families with resources they may need.”

If the public would like to support these efforts directly, they can visit bgcgrandrapids.org/meals.

More information and updates are available at bgcgrandrapids.org or by calling (616) 233-9370.

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