Over 4,000 students qualify for free or reduced fee meals in the SCUCISD.
Children from qualifying families can receive breakfast and/or lunch at school. But during school breaks they may lack the resources to buy additional groceries and provide these meals at home.
Twice a year as school breaks begin, PIC obtains fresh produce and meat from the SA Food bank, teen volunteers unpack then compile the packages. Up to 100 families receive approximately 50 lbs of food.
PIC's goal is to expand these services to provide more food to families in the SCUCISD area.
Often families that receive free or reduced fee meals during school may struggle to afford food for these meals during school breaks.
A child's physical and mental development can be negatively impacted when they don't have adequate or consistent access to nutrition.
Experiencing Chronic hunger:
Effects a child's emotional well-being; they may feel irritable, depressed or angry
Increases behavioral problems,
Encourages risky behavior