Mid-Ohio Foodbank provides students with healthful groceries to take home over the weekend. Through its backpack program, the food bank distributes food to 31 sites in both Franklin and Marion Counties, and plans to distribute backpacks filled with nutritious food twice a month at each location throughout the school year. Each backpack contains fresh fruit, macaroni, crackers or bread, cereal, shelf-stable milk, tuna or peanut butter, and one or two other snacks.
Publisher Emeritus of CIO magazine Gary Beach founded Tech Corps in 1995 to build technology infrastructures in public schools. Since its inception, it has organized more than 10,000 volunteers to help institute new technology in K–12 schools. Programs including a computer grant, afterschool clubs, and a summer Techie Camp provide youth with access to technological resources and train them in modern skills that will help make them competitive in the workforce. Techie Camp and Techie Club immerse elementary- and middle-school students in hands-on curricula that teaches them to build or work with Lego Mindstorms NXT robots, expanding their knowledge of topics related to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.
The American Community Gardening Association strives to increase and enhance community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada. Its binational network of professionals, volunteers, and supporters of community greening help promote and support all aspects of community gardening, urban forestry, and preservation of open spaces. The association supplies community groups and schools with information and education to boost children's interest in fruits and vegetables and increase their relationship with nature, recognizing that community gardens work to stimulate social interaction, beautify, and promote sustainability.
As part of its efforts to make students more comfortable at school, CIS provides essential supplies for students whose families struggle to purchase basic necessities. Many families with low incomes cannot afford to replace worn-down or outgrown footwear. Particularly in winter, poorly fitting footwear can cause discomfort or embarrassment that distracts students from academic endeavors.
Through its Food Folks program—a comprehensive nutrition education series—Children's Hunger Alliance teaches children from low-income families about the importance of a nutritional breakfast, better fast-food options, and understanding nutrition labels. Kids get to enjoy healthy snacks in each lesson, and learn to cook their own healthy food. The series also includes a Family Night, where students get to flex their new skills by preparing a healthy meal for their families. On average, more than 85% of participants demonstrate improvement in their nutritional knowledge during the 12-week series, according to surveys taken before and after the program is completed.