BY KELLY SMALLWOOD — As part of Caring for Our Place, the Global Contact Center (GCC) recently took some time to volunteer for a Denver-based, nonprofit whose mission is the elimination of weekend hunger in Denver’s Title 1 elementary schools. By providing a PowerSack to each child in the school each week, they hope to assure that no child goes hungry over the weekend.
During the school week, children from low-income families in Denver Public Schools receive free and reduced lunches at school. Often the lunch they receive at school on Friday is the last meal they eat until they arrive back at school on Monday. Teachers and principals report that many students come to school on Monday mornings hungry, complaining of stomachaches, headaches and unable to focus and learn.
The nonprofit strives to eliminate this problem by providing a PowerSack every Friday to each student to take home for the weekend. Each PowerSack has 9-13 items, enough to feed a family of four two meals over the weekend. Schools are targeted where 90 percent or more of the students are eligible for free and reduced lunch programs (income of a family of four is less than $29K/year to qualify).
As one of the GCCs community service events, hosts gathered to help pack over 2,000 PowerSacks. It was very rewarding to know we were able to make a difference for so many hungry children.