The Willow School is joining the national effort to Tackle Hunger in October! One in seven children in New Jersey live in a household struggling with food insecurity. At today’s Morning Gathering, students learned about food insecurity and ways that we can help as a community.
There will be three opportunities for families to participate in Willow’s effort to Tackle Hunger this month:
On October 17, donate your lunch money (or any amount) to Bag a Lunch, a simple fundraising opportunity for Table to Table. Table to Table gleans from grocery stores to provide families in New Jersey with an amazing amount of food that would otherwise go to waste.
On October 18, attend a screening of Beyond Measure, a documentary film that asks us to reconsider the greater purpose of education. A suggested donation of $5 per attendee collected at the screening will go to Table to Table.
Finally, on October 23, Willow families, teachers, and students will join America’s Grow-a-Row to glean apples at Riamede Farm in Chester. We will collect the good apples that have fallen to the ground, and they will be donated to the Community FoodBank of NJ.
Last year, Willow’s fourth graders led a Thanksgiving food drive, partnering with the Food Bank Network of Somerset County to provide 30 families with a full Thanksgiving meal. Willow community members donated over 1200 food items, and students, teachers, and parents participated in a human chain to deliver the food intentionally from the school to the food bank vehicle. Watch below:
Contact Willow’s Director of Outreach & Logistics, Sally Zeiner, for more information on Tackling Hunger at Willow!