"Caring & Sharing - A Simple Way to Provide Food Assistance"

 

LEARNING

WITHOUT

HUNGER



Thousands of children, many who are

homeless, attend Osceola District Schools

 and are struggling with hunger.



 Their ability to learn is effected by hunger

and these children face each weekend

with the fear of not having food.

Testimonials



This page is dedicated to stories of teachers and children who are participating or being helped through the Green Bag Project and other similar projects.

We thank all our volunteers and donors who make this possible and share our joy with you!

"Ms. Garcia,

 

I would like to thank the organization responsible for sending food donations home with children in need.  One of my students is a recipient of this generous program.  My student, who I will refer to as TG for privacy reasons, has changed dramatically since he began taking donations of food home with him to enjoy with his family.

 

TG used to come to school and have a very difficult time staying on task.  His rate of learning was very slow.  When breakfast and lunch were delivered to the classroom, TG could hardly contain himself.  He couldn't wait to be called to the table to eat.  He always ate very fast, as if he had to fill his belly before the food was gone.  TG always asked for more food, he seemed to always be hungry.  His behavior was worrisome too.  He was typically anxious, noncompliant, fussy, and easily disappointed which would lead to multiple tantrums.  He really didn't care about anything other than eating, it seemed.

 

After TG began taking the food donations home, he began to change.  His attention to learning tasks improved.  He began to retain information, he was learning!  He was not always looking out for the breakfast or lunch to be delivered and took his time eating during mealtime.  He became more capable physically and mentally.  Patience and acts of kindness have replaced the tantrums and noncompliance.  He even began to vocalize and try to say words.  He looks at me with satisfaction instead of emptiness.  TG cannot talk, although he is going on 5 years old, but I can see in his eyes he is very grateful.

 

It's amazing what a big difference a simple thing like a suitcase full of tuna, macaroni and cheese, rice and oatmeal can do to improve the quality of one little boy's life.  I had no idea that real hunger exists in an average American city, but it does.  For TG and all the other children and families who now have a full belly and the strength to focus on all the other challenges they need to face, thank you so much for the suitcases filled with food!

 

Sincerely,

TG's Teacher"

Osceola County Schools Food Project

 

The Osceola School District received a grant in 2012 to provide food to children with hunger issues in Osceola County. The School District asked the Celebration Foundation to be its fiscal partner. The Celebration Foundation, located in Celebration, FL, gathered more partners and developed the Osceola Schools Food Project. Twenty Osceola elementary schools have been adopted by faith based organizations, non-profits and other partners. Over 960 children are receiving weekend food on a weekly basis throughout the county through the efforts of: Green Bag Project, St. Cloud Cares, Celebration34747Cares, Presentation Associates, Neon Church, Mt. Zion Baptist, Kairos Church, Cargill Associates, school volunteers and employees.

 

The letter above is from a teacher from one of the schools in the program and talks about the impact of weekend food on a child. Children who receive food at Highlands Elementary school also received a rolling backpack because they are a walking school. The younger children couldn't carry a bag of food home along with their backpack.

 

December 12, 2012

From Highlands Elementary…