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South Washington County Schools joins No Kid Hungry Initiative to end child hunger

South Washington County Schools joins No Kid Hungry Initiative to end child hunger
Posted on 05/08/2018

South Washington County Schools is proud to partner with Second Harvest Heartland, Share Our Strength and a bipartisan hunger caucus of our state legislators to eliminate child hunger in our district. The initiative called “No Kid Hungry” is a pilot project that will serve as a model for other school districts in Minnesota and across the country.

District 833 was one of two districts chosen for the initiative, in part, because of the community-led efforts, including SoWashCo CARES, already in action to help connect students and families in need with food, clothes and other resources.

“There are students at every South Washington County school who are considered food insecure. We know that a child who doesn’t get enough to eat will do worse in school and is less likely to graduate,” said District 833 Community Engagement Coordinator and SoWashCo CARES founder Cheryl Jogger. “We want to set our students up for success in every way that we can.”

While No Kid Hungry’s ultimate goal of ending child hunger in our community may seem impossible, Jogger says the solution is building a broad coalition of community members from non-profit organizations, government agencies, businesses, as well as, education and faith communities.

“We hope these partnerships will allow us to map the resources to identify the gaps and coordinate our efforts to feed more kids,” said Jogger.

There will be a kick-off event for the No Kid Hungry initiative on Monday, June 11 at Park High School from 5-7 p.m. The free, family-friendly outdoor event will have snacks, games and activities for all. Community members are invited to attend to learn more about how they can give back or get access to resources.