Provo, Utah, April 10, 2020– As part of a coordinated community response to COVID-19, the
Boys & Girls Clubs of Utah County is doing what they can to support the community by
providing a variety services including virtual afterschool programming, grab-and-go meals,
emergency childcare for essential employees, and acting as UServe’s personal protective
equipment donation center for Utah County.
“Grab-and-go meals have experienced a huge increase in demand,” said Kennedy Durfey, the
Boys & Girls Club’s Child Nutrition Coordinator. “We are serving over 10,000 meals per week.”
Meals are being served at Franklin Elementary, Sunset View Elementary, and Timpanogos
Elementary, Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Additionally, in coordination with UServe Utah, the Boys & Girls Club’s administrative offices
are now acting as the Utah County donation collection point for Personal Protection Equipment
(PPE) to be used in local hospitals and testing locations. Donations of the following items are
requested: N95 clinical or industrial masks, surgical masks, level 3 or 4 isolation gowns, surgical
gowns, Tyvek suits, medical grade face shields, medical grade goggles, ventilators, examination
gloves, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, specimen collection kits, and lab testing materials. To
donate PPE items, please visit coronavirus.utah.gov/help for more information.
Although the Club’s traditional afterschool programs have transitioned to virtual services during
the Covid-19 outbreak, the Provo Clubhouse is now operating as an emergency childcare facility
through One Utah Childcare to help support first responders and essential employees.
“All of these services have been implemented during the past few weeks to help support our
community and alleviate burdens on struggling families and on essential employees” says David
Bayles, Executive Director of the Club. “It has been humbling to see individuals and businesses
step up to support these efforts.”
To help with the associated costs of providing these services and to support families in need,
the Club has set up a Utah County COVID-19 Relief Fund. Members of the community are asked
to donate to the fund by visiting bgcutah.org/COVIDRelief. All proceeds are tax deductible and
will be used to provide COVID-19 relief services to the Utah County community.