Fund for Public Education and Teton County public schools celebrate free, eco-friendly meals for all students

Thanks to the generosity of the Jackson Hole community, the Fund for Public Education (FPE) is pleased to announce that Feeding the WholeTeton County School District #1’s food security initiative is now providing meals in eco-friendly containers. This will prevent more than two tons of Styrofoam from entering our landfills each year.

"Our first priority is always ensuring that every child receives the nutrition they need and that no one goes hungry," said Wes Clarke, TCSD#1’s Food and Nutrition Director.  “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are now able to go above and beyond to ensure that those meals also keep our community green.”

Feeding the Whole is a collection of programs that provides free meals and snacks for children, reduces the stigma associated with food insecurity, and eliminates school lunch debt for families in need.  During the pandemic the initiative has expanded dramatically, serving over 100,000 free meals to children across our community.

“Unfortunately, serving that many portable meals generates a tremendous amount of waste,” said Clarke. “During COVID, when our priority is the efficient distribution of thousands of meals each month, there is no affordable way to prevent that waste and, when funds are tight, we have to put feeding kids first.”

Jennifer Jellen, the Fund for Public Education’s Executive Director, said, “We knew that having an eco-friendly option was a priority for students, families, and community members. We are so grateful for the many donors who stepped up to ensure that not only will every child be fed, but that we’ll also have the resources to minimize the program’s environmental impact.”

Here’s how student meal program works:

§  Children attending in-person classes at Teton Count School District #1 schools are offered free lunch every day with a choice of a hot entrée or sandwiches

§  Any child under the age of 19 can receive free breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday at Jackson Hole High School’s drive-through station

§  For families that can’t reach the High School, free meal delivery is provided to neighborhoods throughout the valley

§  No application process is necessary; families simply receive meals for each child, free of cost

§  Free meals will continue through at least August, 2021

 

The Fund for Public Education (FPE) raises private funds and provides resources for whole-child wellness, educational equity, academic opportunity, leadership development, and district capacity for Teton County Wyoming’s public schools. To learn more, visit FundForPublicEducation.org





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