Happy Thursday, everyone! March Madness is over, but I wanted to give a quick update on the impact of your donations to our Brackets for Good campaign. We may have been edged out in the opening round, but we were able to raise $5,501 for Gleaners’ School Based-Pantry Program. Exciting stuff!
Your support means more of our most vulnerable students have access to the necessities they need to succeed—at school and at home. Here is how one of our school pantry coordinators describes the impact of the program at her school:
A senior in high school was kicked out of her home. She is living with her boyfriend who is currently unemployed, and she is trying to graduate. She approached a teacher that she trusted and told her they only had $26 for food and no vehicle. She and her teacher visited the school pantry and got enough food for several days. The student knows she can come any day to get what she needs to take home.
This story is one of many I hear across all our school pantries. Your support means we are breaking down barriers of access and awareness on where to receive food. What a great motivator to keep doing more. Have I mentioned yet I love my job?
Our school pantries are just one way Gleaners is leading the fight against hunger. Want to know more about our youth programs or how you can help? Leave a comment below.