Did you know that child hunger is not just a health problem, it is an education problem as well? “Grace Packs” is a weekly weekend backpack program that provides necessary food items to students in need. Dan McCarty is seeking to start this program for its students.
We are seeking help from potential donors in our community to achieve the goal of providing food each weekend to students who have found themselves in need. Did you know that many students do not want to go home from school on the weekends because there is a lack of food at home? Some students visit the school clinic on Mondays complaining of stomach aches and headaches. These illnesses often are because the children have had little food over the weekend. In fact, a recent Feeding America survey notes that the child food insecurity rate in St Lucie County is currently at 27.8%. Food insecurity means that these children do not know from where their next meal will come. At Dan McCarty, 97% of our students meet the need for free and reduced lunch, the need is great.
Is Grace Packs a cause you would like to be a part of? Would you consider partnering with us in this worthy cause? We are asking for donations of food or financial gifts. You, as our community partner can make an impact!
Do you have questions about Grace Packs? I look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Morningstar at 772-468-5700.