January 25, 2023
Even at a ‘storybook school’ students face food insecurity
At North Georgetown Elementary School, the focus is on young learners . . . 765 students ranging in age from pre-kindergarten through 5th grade. Led by school principal Sarah Green, staff members commit to providing a supportive learning environment and recognize that hungry children can’t focus on learning. They also know that food-insecurity at home…
December 2, 2022
Backpacks help kids: ‘Kids won’t learn when they’re starving.’
As a behavior interventionist, Alicia Sierra is well aware that hungry children struggle to learn, are unable to focus, and may act out in the classroom. Sierra coordinates the Food Bank of Delaware’s Backpack program at Clayton Elementary School. Right now, 13 of the school’s approximately 490 students receive a weekly Backpack filled with weekend…
November 23, 2022
‘There’s no stigma here.’: Hungry kids appreciate Backpack meals
When heavy morning fog delays the start of school, for some kids it’s time for a little celebration. For others, though, it means a no-breakfast and an empty-belly kind of day. Crystal Thompkins, school counselor, at Towne Point Elementary School in Dover, knows what to expect when kids face a two-delay delay in their routine….
February 16, 2022
Working mom struggles to make ends meet, buy food for family
Rising food costs, increasing gas prices impact working families – negatively. Paychecks go toward housing and utilities, so not much is left when it’s time to buy food. Wilmington resident, Lisa, found herself dealing with these challenges each week. She knows what it’s like to go hungry so that her 12-year-old son can have dinner….