All Faiths Food Bank driver Chad E. (far left) with Safe Children Coalition Youth Prevention Services team members Marlena Calzavara (holding her son), Jen Warwick and Ken Kochenderfer

All Faiths Food Bank driver Chad E. (far left) with Safe Children Coalition Youth Prevention Services team members Marlena Calzavara (holding her son), Jen Warwick and Ken Kochenderfer

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All Faiths Food Bank recently supplied Safe Children Coalition (SCC) with 100 backpacks filled with healthy food and nutritious snacks for children in the state care system, to be distributed through SCC's Emergency Response and Assessment Team counselors and intervention programs. These SCC programs work with families that have current or recent Child Protective Services/Department of Children and Families investigations in order to connect them to community supports, with the ultimate goal of children being able to remain safely in their homes. SCC's counselors work together with investigators to determine the needs of the families and connect them directly to providers such as mental health, parenting, substance abuse programs, domestic violence programs, anger management, and others. They also assist families with getting tangible items such as food, furniture, clothing, pest/bug treatments, cleaning supplies, and more.

In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, SCC's Prevention and Diversion programs served 1,044 children through Family Support and 1,127  children through Safety Management.

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