The Snack Pack Program will provide homeless/highly mobile students with backpacks filled with nonperishable food for the weekend, so they can return to class ready to learn on Monday morning. The Snack Pack Program is funded by a $20,000 donation from the Qwest Foundation.
“Social workers and outreach coordinators who work with homeless/highly mobile students were seeing too many of these children eating poorly or not at all on the weekend,” said Dorothy Watkins, Administrator of Social Services in the Washington Elementary School District (WESD). “While we have been able to provide for many through partnerships with community providers such as Desert Mission Food Bank and Kitchen on the Street, this program gives even more homeless/highly mobile students a chance to stay nourished when they are away from school.”
The initiative is needed more than ever, said Frank Migali, State Coordinator for Homeless Education with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). The number of homeless students in
“This is a shining example of a terrific partnership among Qwest, ADE and the Washington District,” said Migali, “and it demonstrates how targeted grant dollars can really make a difference.”
said Jim Campbell, Qwest
Check Presentation Event
Representatives from the
# # #