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Meeting Unexpected Needs

By
Michaleh Snider,   Jefferson Middle
Play:
Fight Hunger — Help Nourish Your Community
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement,  Student Leadership
The majority of our school is on the higher end of socio-economic status.However, we have quite a few students who face food insecurities everyday. Over the summer, I met with administration about starting a Food Pantry through Fuel Up to Play 60, and shockingly they had been thinking the same thing. So we partnered with a local church who has a larger Food Pantry and set out to get a small scale pantry started in our school. We are working with Second Harvest Food Bank and have hosted multiple food drives so far. In the month of November, we are going to do a Holiday Stuff the Turkey Food drive and set up boxes dressed as Turkeys for each grade level to fill. The best part of this has been students learning that some of their peers are truly less fortunate. We have had multiple families make donations and students have really embraced the idea of helping each other out. Our Student Ambassador team is taking over organizing the pantry and packing boxes for families in need. They also will plan and manage the food drives.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

We will continue working with Second Harvest Food Bank and with the local churches to continue improving the food pantry.