The Share Table
The Share Table is a place where students can place unopened and/or sealed food that they choose not to eat during school breakfast and lunch in a basket, providing an opportunity for other students to take additional helpings of food that would otherwise be thrown away. While serving a greater need for nutrition within schools, these tables will also help in the reduction of food waste.
Share tables also complement the educational mission of schools. Whether we acknowledge it or not, the lunch room is a classroom, and students learn lessons there, either by intention or attrition. Habituating children to share their uneaten food is also a public health “nudge” that can influence dietary choices at home and the behavior patterns they will carry into adulthood.*
Share tables also cultivate an ethic of empathy, looking out for one another, and building a strong, connected school community among the student body. And they prevent “hangry” kids from being too distracted to learn.*
The DC Food Project team has sought guidance from Food and Nutrition Services regarding student meal delivery in an effort to ensure student meals meet applicable nutrition standards.
The Weekend Bag Program
The DC Food Project weekend bag program provides participating D.C. students access to healthy non-perishable food items over the weekend. These bags contain nutritious meals for two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners and two snacks and are discreetly packed in the students' backpacks each Friday afternoon or before a long school break, helping students be better prepared to learn the following week.
Did you know that hungry kids can't learn? Not only does that have an adverse effect on their educational outcomes, but can make for a challenging classroom environment for our already overtaxed teachers. Weekend Backpack Programs provide the sense of security and support that students need to be successful in school.*
Local backpack food programs are one way to provide needed food to children who would otherwise not have adequate access to food during the weekends or school breaks.**
The backpack food program requires the cooperation and support of the entire community, including school officials, community organizations, faith-based organizations, local business, parents, and children. The DC Food Projects programs are run by volunteers and sustained by donations from community members and other organizations.
By donating to the DC Food Project, you are taking the initiative to support the health and education of the children in your community. Thank you!
*Alanna Mallon, K-12 Strategic Lead Food For Free