Lending ACCESS a hand during the COVID-19 Pandemic
By Aaron Marshall
Community activists are lending a hand to the ACCESS Program providing much-needed hot meals for the Buckeye moms and children that are part of the innovative Office of Diversity and Inclusion program.
With the COVID-19 crisis forcing everyone inside in late March, community activist Otis Sharp and his group pitched in to provide funds enabling dozens of families at the Columbus Scholar House to enjoy hot meals from the “The Good Kitchen 614.”
The act of kindness from Sharp's group was in turn matched by private citizens Rosilyn Meisel and Denise Wollett who contributed money for groceries to tide families over through the end of March. And The Good Kitchen 614 owners Will and Serena Travis also pitched in by contributing extra hot meals to the hungry families.
With the mothers in the program learning from home while caring full-time for their children who are home from school and day care, the help from the community couldn't have come at a better time, said Traci Lewis, director of the ACCESS Program.
“This whole situation has caused an already demanding situation to become even more stressful,” said Lewis. “However, these random acts of kindness by members of the community has helped make the situation a lot more bearable. What a blessing it's been for our families.”
The ACCESS Collaborative Program is an academic and social support program to assist low-income, single parent students who are pursuing a college education at The Ohio State University. While the Columbus Scholar House is open to low-income single parents who attend any central Ohio educational institution, most of the student-parents attend Ohio State.