(l-r) Jewell Burgess and Angie Griffin are busy packing lunches for families at the Salisbury Center. Not pictured: Karen Evans

SHORE UP! Inc. officially began virtual learning Tuesday, Sept. 8, and staff members have been busy providing tablets and lunches for the families.

Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 marked the first day that SHORE UP! provided bagged lunches to the families of Early Head Start and Head Start students in all of the agency’s service areas, including Wicomico, Worcester, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Dorchester and Kent counties.

Head Cook Supervisor Jewell Burgess, along with Angie Griffin and Karen Evans, were busy packing food for families at the Salisbury Center.

“We bag items like sweet peas, corn, carrots, mixed fruit, cans of tuna fish, chicken salad and milk,” said Burgess. “We pack for breakfast, lunch and provide a snack.”

In addition to breakfast and lunch, the agency is also providing tablets to families for virtual learning.

“SHORE UP! Inc. works with low to moderate income families who often do not own a laptop and/or smart device and do not have Internet access,” says Dr. Corey Bowen, Early Head Start and Head Start director. “That’s why SHORE UP! is providing tablets to all of our families. These tablets are equipped with built-in Wi-Fi. In cases where there is no accessible Wi-Fi, we are offering Hotspots for families so their children are still able to receive instruction.”

Lunches are being provided daily during the agency’s virtual learning period, and tablets are being distributed to enrolled children.

Families may still register for SHORE UP!’s Early Head Start and Head Start programs. For more information, visit www.shoreup.org, or call 410-749-1142 ext. 341.


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