No family facing a job loss or health scare should have to worry about groceries. That’s why Operation Smile Student Programs is collecting donations to provide meal kits for Hampton Roads families hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Every Tuesday, we’ll make a special delivery of what we’re calling a “bag of basics,” filled with fruits, veggies, meats and grains that should feed a family of four for a week.

Inspired by her cousin’s Families4Families effort in the District-Maryland-Virginia region of the U.S., Student Programs Founder Brigette Magee Clifford is taking our Serving Smiles effort to the next level by providing meal kits to families hit hard by COVID-19 in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Each meal kit costs about $100 and provides a family of four with meals for a week. 

How you can help: We’re rallying our Hampton Roads community to help us provide these needed groceries. You can sign up to provide a “bag of basics,” complete with fruits, veggies, meats and grains, which will feed a family of four for a week. If you’re a student, you can sign up to help our Student Programs team make deliveries to families all while wearing masks and maintaining social distance.

How to drop-off donations and “bags of basics”

When: From 8:30-9 a.m. on Tuesdays

Where: Operation Smile Global Headquarters, 3641 Faculty Blvd., Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23456

Contact: Brigette Clifford, brigette.clifford@operationsmile.org

Special thanks to our partner organization, AidNow, whose founder is collecting funds to support this initiative.