The Issue: Weekend Hunger Due to Food Insecurity
More than 30,000 Denver children come from food-insecure households, according to Feeding America. During the week, these students receive free or reduced-price lunches (and sometimes breakfasts) at school—but for many, that means lunch on Friday may be the last nutritious meal they receive until the following Monday. Rather than showing up for school Monday morning ready for the week, these students often have headaches and stomachaches, and struggle to pay attention. By closing the weekend hunger gap, students can instead arrive to school nourished and ready to learn.
The Campaign: Distributing Weekend Food to Students
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Food for Thought Denver to distribute weekend food supplies to Denver Public School students from low-income families. The first $1,000 of donations will be matched by Bob Bell of Mile Hi Property to distribute a PowerSack of non-perishable items to 500 families. For every additional $4 raised, Food for Thought can supply one student with a PowerSack to take home.
Every week, Food for Thought Denver distributes roughly 700 PowerSacks to students from low-income families at Garden Place Academy and Columbian Elementary. Each sack is filled with 9–13 non-perishable items purchased from the Food Bank of the Rockies, and can feed a family of four for one weekend.
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When a student is hungry, he or she may have a hard time concentrating. That, in turn, may translate into disruptive behavior that makes it so the rest of the class has a hard time concentrating as well. Two members of the Arvada Sunrise Rotary Club, Bob Bell and John Thielen, decided to stop that cycle. They partnered with Metro State University and Mountain Packaging, Inc. to provide weekend supplies of food to all the students of two elementary schools—roughly 600 families in total. More than 400 registered volunteers—many of them college students—pack up PowerSacks of non-perishable goods to send home to each and every student on Friday afternoon. The result: more than 43 tons of food distributed in the last year alone.
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