On an ordinary Tuesday in February, a group of Collinsville High School students brought in their donations that they collected for the Tote Me Home Program. They came carpooling in cars and dropped off nearly 500 pounds of food collected specifically for the Tote Me Home menu. These Collinsville High School students realize the need in our community and decided they wanted to help. The Tote Me Home program is now up to 180 students (a new record!) in our school district. These are students identified that are coming from food insecure homes and are receiving bags of food for the weekend. There are 4 of these students at the High School for the first time in our program. The Food Pantry is not entirely surprised by this generosity. We have a very caring community and our children have learned by example how to take care of one another. Please continue to support the Tote Me Home program in Collinsville, Il and help make a difference in a child's life.
An update on the Tote Me Home Program for the Collinsville, Il Unit School District 10. Last year on November 1, 2018 we were giving out 130 bags to kids to take home for the weekend. We ended the 2018-2019 school year with 143 bags for the food insecure kids. On November 8, 2019 we are handing out 156 bags! This includes the High School, where we never delivered before. It is 1 bag so far but we expect that to increase. We are a program where we do not want to see an increase. We hand these bags out to kids that who rely on the free and reduced lunch for the majority of their daily meals. The bag is to help the food insecure kids on the weekend when they are not at school. So what happened? Why do we have so many more kids this year? There are more questions than answers. Is it the economy? Or are there more people aware of kids coming to school hungry and want to make sure they get help?
For our program to succeed we need financial donations to be able to continue doing this during our school year. Please continue to support us during this time. Kids should not be coming to school hungry in this country.
This week the children go back to school in Collinsville, Il.. Their summer vacation is over and it is back to learning. Hunger never takes a vacation and interferes with learning. The Collinsville Food Pantry is dedicated to making sure the food insecure children in the Collinsville School District has access to food over the weekend. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus will be working on bags the first week of school to send home on Friday. Hunger just does not stop. So neither do we. The Pantry was sending 135 bags home with the children at the end of the last school year. We serve all the elementary, intermediate and the middle school in the district.
Please remember that back to school also means some food security for children. They receive free breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday. Meals that help them function during the school day and that in turn helps them learn. By supporting us you continue to support children in their education.
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