Non Profit to Offer Food to Needy Students Over Holiday Break


POSTED: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 2:13pm

UPDATED: Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 8:28am

Nearly 400 elementary students in need, will have food over the holidays.

Students and staff from the Brownsville Academic Center stuffed bags full of healthy snack foods Thursday and Friday to make sure students who will likely miss out on meals over the holiday break have some things to tide them over.

Christmas is supposed to be a fun filled holiday, but hunger can steal the magical experience away from many children.

Three hundred and sixty bags are now packed full of healthy snacks like granola bars, fruit cups and crackers, as well as quick and easy, mini-meals like tuna kits and cereal.

School counselors across the Brownsville Independent School District have selected elementary students that they believe are at risk for going hungry over the holiday break.

"Food is becoming a bigger issue, or the lack of food is becoming a bigger issue." said Mariana Tumlinson of the United Way.

This is the first year United Way and several partners from the community have offered this type of assistance to students.

Officials at the non-profit organization became aware of the growing need for food, and the lack of it, when the bell rings at the end of the school day.

"The only meals they receive may be the ones they receive when they go to school, so when they're out for three weeks it's a big problem." said Tumlinson.

While many of us are eager to open our gifts under the tree, many students in need are simply wondering where they’ll get their next meal. .

The Snack Pack Program will hopefully alleviate some of those worries over the holiday break.

The snack packs will be delivered to students Friday, December 16th before they're released for the holiday break.

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