MADISON (WKOW) -- Volunteers are packing up food and hitting the road Wednesday in west Madison, hoping to provide a little relief during the pandemic.
When COVID-19 hit, meals were being handed out at schools in the area but organizers quickly realized some people needed even more help.
That's when a delivery service for families of students that feed into Madison West High School came about.
"There are so many barriers when a family has to go to a food pantry," said organizer and Thoreau Elementary School Social Worker Laura Glaub. "Transportation, stigma, access and so how could we get the food that families were used to in this school building to their doors."
Since the start of the program, nearly 400 families have received food deliveries.
The schools benefiting from the program include Thoreau, Leopold, Midvale, Lincoln, Franklin, Randall, Shorewood, Van Hise, Cherokee Heights, Hamilton, Write, West High School, West Micro School and Capital City High West.
Each week dozens of volunteers meet to put the boxes together that include eggs, milk, vegetables plus snacks and pre-made food.
The Madison West High Area Collaborative has also been giving rental and bill assistance through a United Way grant and other community donations.
If you live in the area and think you might benefit from the program, you can contact your child's school or United Way of Dane County by calling 211.
To volunteer, visit volunteeryourtime.org and search West High Area Collaborative.