Teachers Health Trust (THT), the dedicated health plan for the educators and licensed professionals in Clark County, partners with the non-profit, Serving Our Kids Foundation, in an effort to ensure that no child goes hungry, especially during this pandemic, when schools are closed. Utilizing their preferred pharmacy partner, Alto Pharmacy, who provide always-free same-day prescription delivery to teachers and its members, the team is effectively able to provide contactless delivery for the meal bags, each week, for kids and parents who may be unable to get to the school during drop off times. Since launching in one week’s time, collectively, they have helped provide meal options for more than 210 children in need.
“Teachers Health Trust’s goal is to always protect the health of our members and their families. Especially during this pandemic, our team is as proactive as possible and committed to joining forces with impactful organizations, such as Serving Our Kids Foundation, to ensure a collaborative community of care,” says Michael Skolnik, CEO of Teachers Health Trust. “When we learned of this critical gap in direct outreach to students and lack of the ability to communicate and deliver meal bags, due to schools being closed, we wanted to immediately help.”
Serving Our Kids Foundation, delivers weekend food bags to K-8 students, who may not qualify for government nutrition or other backpack programs and would otherwise go hungry on Saturday and Sunday.
The critical food bags are provided to more than 3,500 homeless and at-risk children, based on referrals by school principals, teachers and counselors. In addition to the meal bags, they also come with books provided by Spread the Word Nevada, more than 5,000 juice boxes, and over 5,000 granola bars.
In alignment with Teachers Health Trust, Alto Pharmacy, also focuses on exceptional concierge-care and serving the community. It was an ideal solution, with Clark County Schools being closed, to coordinate additional door to door deliveries to children in need, during their scheduled pharmacy routes in southern Nevada.
Bang Le, the Pharmacist-in-Charge (PIC) of the new Alto Las Vegas center, “We will do this no matter what. We feel like we have a responsibility to do our part to support the teachers, students, and their families of Las Vegas. We have come together as one community; we are all in this together.”
Alto Pharmacy offers extended hours in evenings and on weekends for education and support from expert pharmacist, and 24/7 access through the Alto Pharmacy app, and always-free, same-day courier delivery of retail, and specialty prescription drugs directly to a safe place at your home. The courier service has enabled Alto to offer their services, helping children, during this critical time.
“Serving Our Kids is dealing with an unprecedented number of requests for weekend meal bags. We are working closely with teachers, school counselors and principals from across the valley who are reaching out to us on behalf of their students and families. Before the pandemic and the school closures, we delivered food to over 70 schools within CCSD – last week we provided weekend meal bags to kids from over 126 schools,” says Patricia Farley, Board President to Serving our Kids Foundation.
The public can also help by buying designated food items from the Serving Our Kids online store or monetary donations at www.servingourkids.org or visit www.servingourkids.org or call 702-358-1056. Additionally, Teachers Health Trust is hosting a brand new FB Live series called Talk to THT. Their inaugural show is today, 4/9, at 4pm and will be hosted by the Teaching Today Podclass and will include Michael Skolnik, CEO of Teachers Health Trust, Matt Gamache-Asselin, CEO of Alto, and their announcement of their partnership with the non-profit. ‘The Talk to THT’ FB Live series will then move to every other Wednesday at 4pm and is intended to be an open forum for the THT teacher community to connect (facebook.com/fblive).