Food + You: What's in the Food Box?
An extra 12-14 pounds of food can make a huge difference. That’s just one of the things parents said about the Food + You pilot program at 15 Minneapolis and St. Paul schools during the 2015-2016 school year.
Food + You aims to increase food resources for students and their families by partnering with schools. Second Harvest Heartland works with each school independently to identify and bring the appropriate resources that best serve their community.
Partner schools have the choice to do any or all of the following:
- Offer direct food distributions
- Work with a Nutrition Navigator, a Second Harvest Heartland staff person who helps connect families with available federal nutrition programs
- Connect families to other food resources like community meals, food shelves, community gardens
"The people I’ve worked with at Second Harvest Heartland help provide solutions and keep us focused on the end goal, providing food for our students and families,” said Cyndy McRae a family liaison at Bruce F. Vento Elementary School. Read more about Cyndy's observations of hunger in the schools in a blog post earlier this month titled Schools Provide a Familiar Access Point to More Meals.
As this new program concludes its pilot year, we are excited to continue working with schools through this new channel to expand our reach and serve more children struggling with hunger than ever before.
Food + You Impact
- Lessens stress on kids and prevents worry about not having food at home
- Makes it easier for families to stretch resources at the end of the month when many typically run low on money by providing food from the school food shelf or the Food + You food box
- Creates access to healthy foods for children and their families.