Food Drive

Fall Semester Food Drive
Posted on 12/01/2016
Gardner's Fall Semester Food DriveCollecting Until Christmas Break -

Fall Semester Food Drive

to Restock Our
Backpack Food for Kids Program shelves!

   

Gardner STEM Magnet School students are participating in a Food Drive to help with our Backpack Food program.  This is a program that sends food home with students for the weekend.

We need YOUR HELP to restock our shelves.  
Students may bring items from the list to school.  The items will be counted and credited to their classroom total.  The top three classrooms will receive a PRIZE for their generous efforts!


SUGGESTED ITEMS:
    
(We suggest Pop Top cans whenever possible, please.)

Canned Tuna                       Apple Sauce Cups
Canned Chicken                   Mixed Fruit Cups
Canned Ravioli                     Breakfast Bars
Ramen Noodels                    Pop Tarts
Mac and Cheese Cups           Fruit Snacks
Vienna Sausages                  Goldfish

Classrooms can earn a Prize for the most donations!  Prizes include:
   
3rd Place - Win an Extra Recess

2nd Place - Win a Popcorn Party
1st Place - Win a Pizza Party

We thank you in advance for your kind support and efforts to help us make sure our Backpack Food for Kids Program shelves are stocked and ready to help keep our program going!

The EAST at Gardner students are collaborating with our school counselor and program coordinators.  They have been making posters, creating a SchoolMessenger broadcast message to go out to all our parents, and making announcements for our GETN (Gardner's Educational Teaching Network) Daily News Broadcast.


Additional Information on the Program and Need:

More than 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program. For many of these children, school meals may be the only meals they eat. What happens when they go home over the weekend?

We hope to provide hungry children with backpacks filled with non-perishable, nutritious, kid-friendly, shelf-stable food to sustain them over weekends and school holidays.  As much as possible, these are kid-friendly, shelf-stable foods that require no preparation or refrigeration.  The children can just "open and eat" without any adult supervision when necessary.

That is the reason for asking for "pop top" canned items and items that do not require any or at least, not much, preparation.

A national backpack program coordinator shared this story from a school with which they were collaborating -
"A teacher noticed a student in her class asking for extra food on a daily basis and referred him to our Backpack Buddies program. During the same week, all students in our school celebrated 100 days of school. The same teacher asked her students to think of 100 things they would wish for. Some students wished for 100 video games, 100 pieces of candy, but this child wished for 100 days where food fell from the sky."

Although, this was not a quote from our school, we see many students who share a similar wish!  We cannot thank you enough for your support!!!