For parents scrambling to make arrangements for their children while the schools are closed, numerous organizations are offering child care and/or meals.
A resource document provided by Children's Action Alliance is available at this link. The information provided is mainly for the Phoenix area.
Free Day Center for Students /Quiet Space for Teachers & Parents - at Tempe Community Christian Church, 1701 S. College (the Church across from Daley Park with the Rainbow Flag). FREE.
Community Lunch for Children and Youth - Lunch time from 11 am to 1 pm at
All Saints Lutheran 15649 North 7th Street, Phoenix
Turf Mobile Manor (Shadow Rock UCC) 15601 North 19th Avenue, Phoenix
Food available at each location will vary.
Day Center for Students / Quiet Space for Teachers - In an effort to make the valley-wide school walk out less painful for our children, Shepherd of the Hills UCC, 5524 E Lafayette Blvd, Phoenix, Arizona 85018, will be opening our doors from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays to give children a supervised place to be.
The Sahuarita Food Bank at The Good Shepherd UCC is prepared to assist families with food needs over the next few days. Penny Pestle, chair of the food bank board has worked with school district administration and teaching staff to determine what needs we can fill. Backpacks delivered to the neediest school in the area on Wednesday afternoon will include additional items, including cans of tuna. 400 sack lunches (200 each day for the next 2 days) with sandwiches, fruit and other items will be provided to those in need in the Sahuarita area. Church members as well as other community members are stepping up to add additional staff for food distribution on Thursday and Saturday. Additional help will be provided in the story room in anticipation of a greater number of children accompanying their parents to the food bank tomorrow. Teachers and other community members have dropped off food and financial contributions to The Good Shepherd to support these efforts. Other church members are baking cookies to drop off to teachers at demonstration sites.