The weather outside was frightful but the mood inside the gym at Summit Road STEM Elementary School was delightful as RCS gathered to pack busses with meals for our students.
Ms. Dawson, a social worker at the elementary school, partnered with the Children's Hunger Alliance
and received shelf stable meal packs for 2,504 students who qualify for meal assistance under the National School Lunch Program Guidelines.
Boxes lined the gym, each packed with meal kits which had five shelf stable meals so each child would get a school week's worth of food.
Together with the teachers from our schools, the Transportation Department and Food Service Department, busses were packed and deployed to deliver the meals.
"Ms. Dawson went above and beyond organizing the food boxes," said Ms. Turner, principal at SUES. "We originally reached out to see what we could do to support Summit Elementary families, and Ms. Dawson ran with the project and got meals for the whole District."
According to the Children's Hunger Alliance website, approximately 529,000 children in Ohio live in a food-insecure household.
In addition to the meal kits, RCS' Food Service Department provides hot meals, grab and go breakfast and lunch items as well as dairy and produce boxes (when available) to our families.