Several years ago, UWH became aware there were students in Hastings coming to school hungry on Monday mornings. After a pilot program verified the need for weekend meal packs, UWH launched the Food4Kids initiative. We work with a local grocery store to buy food, set up packing events, and deliver meal packs to local schools. Even during the pandemic and distance learning, UWH ensured meal packs were still delivered to students.
We deliver an average of 250 meal bags per WEEK to school buildings in ISD200. At times, we’ve had to deliver nearly 300 bags per week. Each school building support staff and/or counselor provides the Food4Kids meal bags to specific students confidentially. Support staff and/or counselors work directly with families to identify the root cause of hunger at home, and may provide other needed resources, to help ensure students come to school nourished so they can be successful at school.