Ending Child Hunger in South Washington County—and Beyond
Imagine if every single student in our community—from kindergarten through high school—had access to three nourishing meals every day, year-round. What would that look like? What would that feel like?
It’s possible. Together, we can make sure all children in our community have enough to eat.
We’re thrilled to be partners in a collaborative pilot in the South Washington County Schools area to help ensure all kids in our communities get the meals they need to thrive. The collaborative initiative—No Kid Hungry South Washington County—will serve as a model for other Minnesota school districts.
1 in 5 kids in the South Washington County School District is considered food insecure. 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 ultimate goal of ending child hunger may seem lofty—but it’s possible. We believe 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.
There will be kick-off event for the No Kid Hungry South Washington County campaign on Monday, June 11, at Park High School from 5-7 p.m. The free, family-friendly event will have snacks, games and activities for all. You’re invited to attend to learn more about how we can all give back or get access to resources. Find more information HERE.