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Meeting Needs During COVID-19: Successes in Promise Zones – Testing, Food, and Shelter Response

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March 02, 2021 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST



In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic tragically affected our nation, which has since resulted in 500,000 deaths, 28.1 million total cases, and a disastrous impact upon small businesses and many sectors of employment. Like many communities, Promise Zones had to pivot their strategies and respond to the immediate needs affecting their residents.

This webinar highlights efforts made by Promise Zones as it relates to COVID-19 testing, food shortages, and shelter response.

Featured panelists and brief highlight:

  • Choctaw Nation Promise Zone (OK): Established drive up COVID-19 testing services for the public
  • Evansville Promise Zone (IN): Utilized newly launched Promise Zone platform/app to coordinate community resources such as openings at homeless shelters, food banks, and other vital resources to those in need, and operated the Evansville Promise Zone Express for transporting the Promise Zone’s most vulnerable people to access food
  • Pride of the Great Plains – Nations (ND): Saw success in securing relief funding by building on the existing ‘no kid hungry’ program and opened two soup kitchens
  • Sacramento Promise Zone (CA): Supported coordination of food access, homelessness efforts, economic development, and online education efforts

This webinar is part of a webinar series that covers efforts made by Promise Zones related to COVID-19 testing, responding to food shortages and shelter response, promoting job opportunities and small business support, and solving the digital divide – all of which have been exacerbated by the closures of schools and many work-from-home requirements by employers. View all webinars in the Meeting Community Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Successes in the Promise Zones Webinar Series.

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