No Child Goes Hungry (NCGH) is pleased to donate food and snacks to the Northside Elementary Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The donated items will support the PTA’s Northside Snack program. The initiative aims to provide students with healthy snacks, such as pretzels, crackers, popcorn, fresh fruit, vegetables, applesauce, and granola bars, and reduce out-of-pocket expenses incurred by teachers.
Northside Elementary educates approximately 400 students per year, more than half of whom receive free or discounted lunch.
“Many students frequently don’t bring a snack to school, so our teachers provide classroom snacks using personal funds,” said Susan Barry, the president of the Northside Elementary PTA. “Some of our teachers have recognized that some of the kids were saving classroom snacks to take home, even though they were hungry. Such behavior tells us that someone in the child’s home is not eating enough or that the student is saving the snack for the days when food is running low. We are grateful to No Child Goes Hungry for helping us feed children in need.”
Kären Rasmussen, No Child Goes Hungry Founder and Director, says that the number of schools, PTAs, and parent organizations building and sustaining child hunger advocacy efforts is at an all-time high.
“Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, No Child Goes Hungry has received an increased number of community leaders requesting support for backpack programs and school pantries,” said Rasmussen. “For everyone wondering what they can do to make a difference in the fight against childhood hunger, contact your nearest school and ask how you can help. You’d be surprised that even in communities where you might not realize it, families are struggling to ensure their children have access to three healthy meals per day. Everyone can make a difference in the battle against childhood hunger. I am pleased to partner with the Northside Elementary PTA and support their efforts in Chapel Hill.”
To learn how NCGH can help support your local hunger advocacy initiative, contact us today.