Success in South Washington County
Second Harvest Heartland, in partnership with South Washington County Schools, recently kicked off a collaborative new initiative—No Kid Hungry South Washington County—to ensure all kids get the meals they need to thrive.
It's estimated that nearly 300 community members attended the No Kid Hungry South Washington County event on Monday, June 11, just the beginning of a bold new initiative that brings together a broad coalition of community members from non-profit organizations, government agencies, businesses, and education and faith communities that all share one common goal: to end child hunger once and for all.
“We’re so excited about this collaboration,” said Chloe Richter, Community Health Specialist, Washington County Public Health. “Getting the word out about the problem of child hunger in South Washington County is so important. I really believe it’s about awareness and education.”
One in eight kids in Minnesota is considered food insecure. In the South Washington County School District, it’s one in five. Children who don’t get enough to eat will do worse in school and are less likely to graduate. “We want to set our students up for success in every way that we can,” said Cheryl Jogger, District 833 Community Engagement Coordinator and SoWashCo CARES founder.
The campaign’s goal of ending child hunger may seem lofty—but it’s possible. A big part of the solution is building a broad coalition of community members from non-profit organizations, government agencies, businesses, and education and faith communities—partnerships that allow us to map resources to identify the gaps and coordinate efforts to feed more kids.
“Schools—teachers, administrators, counselors—are closest to the kids in our community,” said Gretchen Carlson, Community Education, South Washington County Schools. “We have the resources and the responsibility to help. Working together with our community partners, we’re trying to widen the circle to help more kids.”
This initiative will serve as a model for other Minnesota school districts. Find more information, visit our website HERE.