Similar to our campus programs geared for college students, Good in the ‘Hood is collaborating with the South Washington County School District 833 to provide food subsidies for hungry students K-12 grade. The current trends are showing that nearly 20% of students are missing meals each week and suffering from food insecurity. Sadly, this may be hidden from the public eye as it most often takes place on weekends or when school is out of session and free or reduced meal access is not available.
In order to be proactive in meeting this important need, Good in the ‘Hood and District 833 schools have partnered together to form The Weekend Pack Program with a particular focus upon the following schools:
- Crestview Elementary School
- Newport Elementary School
- Oltman Middle School
- Park Senior High School
- Royal Oaks Elementary School
- Woodbury High School
- Next Step Pathways Learning Center*
- Armstrong Elementary
- Alternate High School
- Pullman High School
* Food packing and storage site but not a distribution site.
HOW IT WORKS
This initiative provides easy-to-prepare food items for students that have indicated a need for a bit of extra help. Each Friday or end of week; volunteers, staff and faculty members hand out food packs containing nonperishable weekend food subsidies for students to enjoy. Each weekend pack has 2 breakfast items, 2 lunch items, 2 dinner items and 2 drinks. It’s a wonderful partnership as Good in the ‘Hood is responsible to procure and provide the food items while the local school provides oversight for the distribution. We work together in order to meet the needs of the next generation. Just another example of how Good in the ‘Hood is working collaboratively in order to FEED THE FUTURE.