Families go through tough times…but if we work together, we can ensure kids in difficult situations don’t go hungry. In working to achieve that goal, Deer Park School District partners with At the Core, an organization that identifies and mobilizes local organizations of compassion (businesses, churches, and clubs), empowering them to adopt and support a school in their area. Adoptive organizations work with At the Core to provide “Bite2Go” weekend food support for kids experiencing food insecurity. The weekend “food packs” provide students with fuel for the weekend, so they’re not hungry when they return to school on Monday. Recently, with the support of Windermere Real Estate (the adoptive organization), Deer Park High School joined other schools in our district who are providing Bite2Go food kits for students in need!
A bit more about Bite2Go & 2nd Harvest:
At The Core works with 2nd Harvest to provide the non-perishable food items for the “Bite2Go” program. Every week (or every other week) on Friday, kits of shelf stable, kid-friendly food items are discretely placed into students’ backpacks. Students receiving the food are often hungry on the weekends – when dependable meals at school are not available. Again, the mission of the program is to pair a business or a church with a school; At the Core calls this the adoption model. In this model, businesses or church congregants sponsor children at their adopted school, providing them with food to take home over the weekend. Students at each school volunteer to assemble the items into food packs, preparing them for distribution. While the volunteer students know the food is going to students in need at their school, they never know exactly which students are receiving the food – distribution is carried out discreetly, ensuring student privacy is maintained.
Deer Park is grateful for the businesses and churches that serve as “adoptive organizations” for our schools, providing Bite2Go weekend food kits. What a great example of how we can work together to address hunger in our community and support those in need!