Things to know about coronavirus changes in Butler County and the region
Panera Bread to make school lunches for children in need
Panera Bread announced that as of March 27, it would be partnering with the Children’s Hunger Alliance and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to supply meals to children in need in Ohio, to be sold at current USDA school food prices.
According to a release, the restaurant said it would work with its local franchise partners to produce these meals, and that it was working on scaling this model to be used in other states.
The meals will include five different food choices, including salads, sandwiches, and veggie snack boxes, balanced per USDA guidelines. The partnership will begin April 6.
Panera Bread also said that it encouraged in-need non-profits or state governments to contact the company at email@example.com. STAFF REPORT
Great Wolf Lodge extended temporary closure
With the continued community safety measures for social distancing and group gatherings instituted by government and health officials in response to COVID-19, Great Wolf Lodge is extending the closure of the resorts through May 19. Great Wolf Lodge will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and stay connected with federal and state health officials. CONTRIBUTED
City encouraging social distancing in parks
In an effort to support and to comply with public health directives from Governor DeWine and the Ohio Dept. of Health, the City of Fairfield has closed the Fairfield Greens golf courses, playgrounds, park restrooms, and the Furfield Dog Park. Fairfield is joining Miamisburg, Kettering, Dayton, and Springfield in either closing basketball courts by locking gates or removing rims.
In his address on March 26, Governor DeWine referenced his call with two mayors who had removed basketball rims in their city parks. This is a strategy that cities across the country are implementing in support of social distancing efforts.
Tiphanie Howard, Fairfield Parks & Recreation Director, explained “Our local parks, trails, and open spaces are places where people find peace and restoration. During this time of uncertainty, these places are needed now more than ever. Our city’s park and recreation professionals are working hard to maintain these spaces and keep them safe, accessible and benefiting our communities during these challenging times. We all need to do our part to use them in a way that respects each other and public health guidance.” CONTRIBUTED
Retirees group canceled meeting
The April meeting of the retirees and former employees of the Hamilton Tool Company which normally takes place on the first Wednesday of the month has been canceled due to the Corona virus epidemic. STAFF REPORT
COVID Organizational Fund started
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Oxford Community Foundation has started the Greater Oxford COVID-19 Organizational Assistance Fund.
The Foundation is now accepting grant applications from nonprofit 501 ( c ) 3 organizations serving residents of Greater Oxford, with needs and projects related to the Coronavirus pandemic and its affects. The first deadline for grant applications is April 15, with grant checks available in May for approved grants.
Donors can give to the fund by mailing a check to Oxford Community Foundation, 22 E. High Street, Oxford, OH 45056. The check should be made payable to The Oxford Community Foundation, with OCF COVID-19 Assistance Fund in the memo line. Donations to the can also be made online with a credit card at oxfordfdn.org.
The grant application is available at oxfordfdn.org/grants. Funding from the Greater Oxford COVID-19 Organizational Assistance Fund will follow the Foundation’s regular granting schedule and procedures.
Since its inception, the Oxford Community Foundation has granted more than $4 million in funding student scholarships and community grants that positively impact those living and working in Greater Oxford. The grants provide financial support in the areas of Education, Health, Recreation, Civic Projects, Social Welfare, Arts/Culture, Environment and Beautification.
For more information on the Oxford Community Foundation, go to oxfordfdn.org, call 513-523-0623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. CONTRIBUTED
Commissioners to hold meeting via conference call
Due to the continued efforts to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, and stay in accordance with the Director’s Stay at Home Order from the Ohio Department of Health, the Warren County Board of County Commissioners will hold their public session scheduled for today at 9 a.m. remotely. The meeting will take place via conference call.
To listen, dial 408-418-9388 and enter code: 717-983-627 # and # again. The commissioners are asking that anyone participating in the call immediately mute themselves from the conversation.
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