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Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside Receives $50,000 Genentech Grant

Oceanside CA—Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside (BGCO) has receive a $50,000 grant from the Genentech Foundation to support their emergency food program. BGCO has been providing meals to the community’s youth since May 4th, offering fresh-made lunches and snacks to children under the age of 18.BGCO will continue to provide curbside lunch pick up throughout the summer. Since beginning the program, BGCO has served over 10,000 meals and snacks.

Starting on Monday, June 15th, meal service will be expanded to Monday through Friday, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Meals are prepared by our accomplished Culinary Arts staff and are fresh, nutritious, and most importantly, delicious! Each pickup includes a lunch and snack.

As part of their COVID-19 Pandemic response, Genentech has committed $42 million in funding to organizations to provide support to communities, including low-income households and people of color disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. The grant from Genentech will go to purchasing food and program supplies, as well as the staffing necessary to implement the program.

“We are so incredibly grateful for Genentech’s support. These are difficult times and we know many of our families are really suffering. These grant funds will ensure that children in Oceanside have the nutrition they need to grow and thrive,” said Jodi Diamond, CEO.

Parents can come to our Townsite location at 401 Country Club Lane in Oceanside to receive meals for their children. Youth need not be a member of BGCO to receive a meal, but must be under the age of 18. Families do not need to leave the safety of their cars, thanks to our convenient curbside pickup! They will pull their car up to the curb outside the Club, where they will see a food program sign. Club staff will then hand meals through the passenger window. We will also offer curbside pickup for those without cars, while adhering to social distancing protocols, as recommended by the CDC.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside please contact Rhonda Guaderrama at rguaderrama@BGCOceanside.org, call (760) 433-8920, and visit our website BGCOceanside.org or Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/BGCOside.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside (BGCO) is a youth development organization that is dedicated to providing a safe, fun and enriching environment for youth to spend time during non-school hours.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside is a local, independent organization affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. BGCO raises 100% of the funds that support our life changing programs through individual giving, events and grants. 100% of those funds stay right here in North County to serve youth in our local communities.

We continue to uphold our mission: To inspire, develop and enrich young people to reach their fullest potential as confident, responsible, caring members of society.

About Genentech Foundation

The Genentech Foundation is a U.S.-based, private charitable foundation whose donations are made possible by contributions from Genentech. Genentech is committed to being a strong corporate citizen, and the Genentech Foundation is one of the most important ways in which we give back to our communities.

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