Meal Fairies Program
The goal of this program is to provide healthy meals and snacks to caregivers of children hospitalized at Children's Hospital of Richmond and at UVA Health Systems in Charlottesville. When we launched this program in 2012, we provided a weekly meal to families at Children's Hospital of Richmond to feed about 100 people. Working with local restaurants, we expanded the program in 2015 to UVA Health Systems as well. Since 2016, we have fed over 10,000 people each year at both hospitals.
Financial Assistance Grants
In 2015, the Board elected to formally end the Financial Assistance Grant program. Families in financial need may still be eligible for some funding to pay a specific bill through the Directors Discretionary Fund. Since 2010, we have provided over $140,000 in financial assistance to families of children with chronic and life threatening illnesses.
Directors Discretionary Fund
The board has approved $5000 for the Managing Director and Director of Programs to use at their discretion to fund emergency needs as well as grants to families living or served outside of our geographic area. Referrals are provided by social workers and representatives from local agencies.