Research has shown that students learn better when they are well-nourished and eating healthy. It allows for better memory and alertness and faster information processing. It also suggests that a healthy and nutritious diet can improve mental health.
In partnership with No Child Goes Hungry (NCGH), and inspired by the actions of her colleague Ms. Erin Lunn, Mrs. Jessica Nemeth, Early Intervention Supervisor at Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV (MIU IV) is helping support children in need of afterschool meals. MIU IV is an education and community service agency comprised of highly qualified staff who customize solutions to evolving challenges.
In 2019-2020, Erin applied for the Gale Cox Service Learning Grant of $500 to get her Marigold Backpack Program up and running. She had delivered 254 bags prior to March 12, 2020, when the pandemic hit. In the 2020-2021 year, 19 students participated and 500 food bags were sent home. In addition, frozen turkeys and hams were sent home to the families for Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as side dishes.
Inspired by Erin’s passion, Jessica wanted to help Erin find donors for her 2021-2022 Marigold Backpack Program. So she researched and found NCGH. Jessica was grateful for the grant she received from NCGH, saying, “Having your donation items has truly made for a smooth and easy transition starting the Backpack Program up again for the fall.”
More About Erin Lunn
Erin Lunn was hired by MIU IV on January 2, 2019, as a Speech and Language Therapist in the Early Intervention Program. Erin is a collector of light and grace. You will find her continually rising beyond the obstacles presented to her. She stands tall planting seeds of faith in all the places that need it the most. She keeps reaching for the sun. Bold and vibrant, her determination and strength are unwavering. Erin continually seeks ways to make a difference in the lives of her children and their families. She has a passion for ensuring that the students that she works with are nourished.