I have to tell you an amazing thing that happened today at MLC: Joelle and I were in the Clothing Center & Food Pantry and a high school student came down and asked if it was true that there was free food. He said that he didn't have money for lunch that day. We helped him put together a lunch from our pantry and he also grabbed some peanut butter to take home. He was thankful and not hungry today.
As I've talked to parents at MLC about the CCFP, many--if not all--are surprised that we have students with food insecurity, hunger, and even students experiencing homelessness. After speaking to our counselors, Jeanette and Genie, I learned that the problem of hunger in our school is widespread, especially in the high school. I learned that teachers are purchasing food with their own funds to stock their classrooms with snacks and meals for hungry students.
Here's my philosophy: to the extent that we can help families in our community, we can and should.
The PTSA could not have launched the CCFP without the help of so many generous families that have donated time, clothing, food, and money to kickstart this program. I'm thankful to my co-pilot, Joelle Graff who listens to my crazy ideas and responds, "When do we start?" I am in awe of Cel Jarvis, fearlessly scaling ladders to paint and transform a formerly drab and lonely book room into a cozy space. Also, my high school interns: Noah, Dani, and Chase who come armed with great ideas and enthusiasm, thank you!
Of course the fearless MLC staff has been overwhelmingly supportive, in particular I want to give a shout out to: Bill, Margarita, Susan, Liz, Brian, and Mark. Thanks for saying YES!
We build community by sharing what we can and looking around for ways that we can be helpful. I hope to see you all on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 8:30-9:30 AM for our grand opening. xx, Alisa
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