Aug 17, 2021

August 2021 End Student Hunger Fund Report

Since the End Student Hunger Fund’s (formerly the Emergency School Meal Delivery Fund) launch in March 2020, GENYOUth has received a total of 14,330 applications requesting $41,153,192 in grant funding.Of applications received, 29% have requested support to transport and serve food outside of the cafeteria; 24% requested support for cold storage; 22% for sanitation aids; 11% for stipends; 9% for meal preparation; and 5% have requested funding for other related needs.

To date, GENYOUth has awarded $12,320,000 in cash and in-kind to over 9,500 school nutrition programs across the country, helping to deliver upwards of 4.3 Million daily meals to students. Nearly $6,000 has been raised via the GlobalGiving platform from your generosity.

With USDA’s unprecedented decision to extend healthy school meals FREE OF CHARGE to ALL students regardless of household income through June, 2022, GENYOUth recently collected survey data from over 1,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide to assess urgent concerns and needs for school nutrition programs as they prepare to feed more students in the upcoming school year. The attached report provides an executive summary of key learnings. Several important findings noted in the report include:

  • Student hunger and food insecurity remain a top concern for schools.
  • Nearly half expect meal participation to increase due to USDA waivers, along with more students returning to the school building.
  • With continued pandemic precautions, the majority will continue to offer multiple meal delivery options (cafeteria, classroom, grab and go, off campus, etc.)
  • 1 in 4 are adding additional meal dayparts (breakfast, supper, afterschool.)
  • Top challenges include staffing shortages, equipment needs, difficulty forecasting meals, and financial uncertainty.
  • The most urgent unmet equipment need is cold storage for meal distribution/delivery to students within and outside of the school.

USDA’s extension of Universal School Meals creates opportunity to grow school meal participation. Yet, anticipated increase in meal participation levels intensify existing challenges. Schools continue to have an urgent unmet need for equipment, especially for the cold storage of milk and other perishable items.

GENYOUth is committed to raise additional funding to support the growing number of applications from school nutrition programs in need of assistance. We thank you again for your support and look forward to continuing our support of school nutrition programs throughout the 2021-22 school year and beyond.

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Apr 21, 2021

April 2021 GENYOUth Project Update

Since the Emergency School Meal Delivery Fund’s launch to date in March 2020, GENYOUth has received a total of 14,257 applications requesting $40,943,399 in grant funding. Of applications received, 29% have requested support to transport and serve food outside of the cafeteria; 24% requested support for cold storage; 22% for sanitation aids; 11% for stipends; 9% for meal preparation; and 5% have requested funding for other related needs.

To date, GENYOUth has awarded $11,620,000 in cash and in-kind to over 9,000 school nutrition programs across the country, helping to deliver upwards of 4.3 Million daily meals to students. Nearly $6,000 has been raised via the GlobalGiving platform from your generosity.

As we look ahead to the need of school based Summer Feeding programs and the 2021-22 school year feed programs, GENYOUth is committed to raise additional funding to support the growing number of applications from school nutrition programs in need of assistance. As the lasting impacts of the pandemic pressure school buildings to feed our nation’s kids, schools continue to work tirelessly to serve the 30 million students who rely on school meals for a substantial portion of their daily nutrition, while following CDC COVID-19 guidelines.

We thank you again for your support and look forward to continuing our support of school nutrition programs throughout 2021.

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Dec 22, 2020

December 2020 Update

Since the Fund’s launch to date in March 2020, GENYOUth has received a total of 13,652 applications requesting $39,157,689 in grant funding. Of applications received, 29% have requested support to transport and serve food outside of the cafeteria; 24% requested support for cold storage; 22% for sanitation aids; 11% for stipends; 9% for meal preparation; and 5% have requested funding for other related needs.

To date, GENYOUth has awarded $10,655,000 in cash and in-kind to over 9,000 school nutrition programs across the country, helping to deliver upwards of 4.3 Million daily meals to students.

In the 2020-21 school year, we anticipated and have seen that school nutrition programs continue to need support from public and private entities. In fact, since Labor Day, Monday, September 7, GENYOUth has received 414 new applications to the COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Fund, requesting an additional $1,164,365 in support for their emergency school meal delivery efforts, indicating that there is still a great need for additional resources and equipment to serve meals to students.

GENYOUth is committed to raise additional funding to support the growing number of applications from school nutrition programs in need of assistance. In this economic climate the pressure on school buildings to feed our nation’s kids will only escalate as schools work to serve the 30 million students who rely on school meals for a substantial portion of their daily nutrition, while following CDC COVID-19 guidelines.

We thank you again for your support and look forward to continuing our work into 2021.

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