No Child Goes Hungry is pleased to announce it has provided a $2,000 grant to long-time non-profit partner Britepaths to support its Food4Thought Program. The grant funds will be used to purchase supplies, shelving, and construction materials for a food and toiletry pantry to support students in need at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia.
As part of its Food4Thought Partners program, Britepaths works with 23 Fairfax County, Virginia public schools to supply weekend supplemental food to students who teachers identify as coming to school hungry — W.T. Woodson High School being one of them.
“Many of our local children rely on school meals during the week, and they need extra support over the weekends,” said Lynn Latimer, grant manager for Britepaths. “School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) volunteers provide packs of shelf-stable food for the students to take home. Britepaths supports these programs by providing pest-resistant storage, shelving, and gift cards to order food supplies. Thanks to the donation from No Child Goes Hungry, The student and school leaders at W.T. Woodson High School are one step closer to completing their on-premise pantry to empower students in need to discretely take a snack during the school day or on their way home for the evening. The pantry also includes small, personal toiletries, such as soap and shampoo, so they can come to school clean and ready to learn.”
“It’s difficult for me to accept the reality that students in any community in America ever go without three meals a day or supplies for a shower and clean clothes,” said No Child Goes Hungry Founder and Director Kären Rasmussen. “We have partnered with Britepaths since our organization’s founding. They are relentlessly committed to supporting kids and families in need in Fairfax County. Every day they help underprivileged students, one child, one meal at a time. It is inspiring and should motivate all of us to keep fighting to end childhood hunger. Let’s feed some kids!”