The Edmonds Public Schools & Alumni Foundation announced this week that it has created — in partnership with the Edmonds School District — the Nourishing Network, a meal program for the district’s homeless and low-income families.
There are over 400 homeless students currently in the Edmonds School District, and 37 percent of families qualify for free and reduced lunch programs. Often these students leave school Friday and do not have another meal until Monday morning, noted Foundation Executive Director Deb Anderson. The Nourishing Network will provide weekend meals to families in need. There are three elements folded into the new program: the school district’s current meal program for homeless students originally founded by the district’s McKinney/Vento coordinator LeAnne Brisbois; adding staples to existing school pantries for students in need, and the former “Bottomless Backpack” weekend meal program.
“The Edmonds School District is proud to partner with the Edmonds Public School Foundation,” said Assistant Superintendent Justin Irish. “Our Diversity, Equity and Outreach department has been very successful in working with our families and students. This newly formed partnership will make an even greater impact! By working together, many more families will be able to access food for their children.”
In addition, the Foundation announced that it is participating in a three-month online contest sponsored by Edmonds-based Campbell Nelson Volkswagen/Nissan, in which supporters vote for their favorite charity during the months of July, August and September). Three charities will receive a new vehicle lease from Campbell Nelson to benefit their organization.
“If we win the vehicle, then it will be used to distribute food to our students,” Anderson said. “Only three non-profits will win a vehicle, and we want one of them to go to the Edmonds Public Schools Foundation to support our Nourishing Network program!”
For over 30 years, the Edmonds Public Schools & Alumni Foundation has supported students, teachers and schools by putting money they raise where it enhances student learning the most — directly into schools and classrooms. With an all-volunteer board and active community participants, the Foundation has successfully provided Edmonds School District with a dynamic partnership in educating our children.
Edmonds Public Schools & Alumni Foundation is co-located in the Edmonds School District offices at 20420 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. For more information, call 425-431-7260.