EdCC collects food to help children in district
Edmonds Community College held a Food 4 Kids Challenge and collected 12,935 food items for donation to the Foundation for Edmonds School District’s Nourishing Network, which provides meals for hungry and homeless students in the school district.
Vice President for Workforce Development and Training Terry Cox lead the challenge and encouraged campus departments to take part. Eighteen departments participated, with the college’s IT Services and Help Desk collecting the most items at 2,658.
“You are making a difference,” said ESD Foundation’s Executive Director Deborah Anderson to Edmonds CC employees.
Anderson said she recently received a phone call from a community member worried about a family living in a broken-down RV. The caller told Anderson that the family had no hot water, electricity, heat source, or groceries, and their son is a student at a local elementary school.
“We sent over two large bags of food to help them get by until their food stamps arrive,” Anderson said, “and we enrolled the boy in our Nourishing Network weekend meal program.
“You and your colleagues made this happen. Thank you for making a difference in this young boy’s life and many others.”
According to Nourishing Network, over 500 Edmonds School District students are homeless, and an average of 37 percent of district families are on the free and reduced lunch program. Often these students leave school on Friday and do not have another meal until Monday morning.
The Nourishing Network sends a bag or backpack of shelf-stable, single-serving foods home with about 139 kids in Edmonds School District every Friday.
EdCC employees collected items like single-serve fruit cups and macaroni and cheese, shelf-stable milk, individual boxes of cereal, peanut butter crackers, nuts, and other snack foods. Cash donations of $200 were given the foundation to purchase other suitable items.
For more information about the Nourishing Network and how to donate, to to www.foundationesd.org/nourishing-network.