Many households in Hoover City Schools are “food-insecure,” which means children don’t have enough food to eat, especially on weekends.
With limited resources to provide students with proper nutrition outside of school hours, the district created Hoover Helps, a collaborative effort among district administration, community volunteers and local organizations, who put together bags of food and put them in the backpacks of students in need every week.
In February 2015, 80 children at four elementary schools received $16,000 of food from two organizations.
This year, almost 500 children from 16 schools districtwide were fed $100,000 of food from 12 organizations, including the Community Foodbank of Central Alabama, End Childhood Hunger in Alabama, Alabama Childhood Food Solutions and Backpack Buddies.
The district also works with the Hoover Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International and Kiwanis International.
To start your own program:
- Discuss with principals, counselors and faculty to gauge interest and needs at the school.
- Approach local organizations that would be interested in helping the district.
- Set up meetings with participants to establish the program.