The Oceanside Building Learning Together, which supports learning across generations, provides a myriad of programs including the BLT2Go, which delivers portable programs for youth and adults throughout the Parksville Qualicum Beach area. (BLT/submitted)

OBLT Cares initiative to provide support for Parksville Qualicum Beach families

New project receives funding from United Way

Families in the Parksville Qualicum Beach community have a new supportive project to explore during these stressful times.

Oceanside Building Learning Together has launched a new food security and parenting support initiative called OBLT Cares. The project has received funding from the United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island.

“Some of our families are experiencing tough times right now. We want to be an organization they can count on for support,” said manager Judi Malcolm.

READ MORE: More child care spaces coming to Qualicum Beach area

Parents or caregivers of children up to kindergarten age can book a time slot, up to two times a month, to pick up a care package that includes healthy meal ingredients, easy recipes and special surprises to promote connection and healthy development of their children. OBLT staff will also be on hand to provide emotional support and to guide parents to resources if needed.

“Food literacy and supporting parents on their parenting journey are two things we are really passionate about. Anything we can do to take some of the stress out of the day for our families is a win for us and for our community,” said Geraldine Elliott, OBLT early learning facilitator.

OBLT recently re-opened their doors for early learning and adult technology programming with COVID-19 protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers.

To register for an OBLT care package, email or call 250-947-8252.

— NEWS Staff

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