Hunger is the hidden problem in America. In a country so obsessed with diets and losing weight, it’s hard to believe that there are people who are going hungry. In 2013, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 33.3 million adults and 15.8 million children. In 2013, 14 percent of households (17.5 million households) were food insecure. When you add to that the number of people in low food secure households the number is even greater. Community food bank resources are strained and food banks often run out, unable to serve all of the clients who are in need. This problem exists to some degree in every school district and every school in the country! Every day Denver Public Schools serves about 82,000 meals and snacks. For some of our students that is their only secure food source. But, what happens on the weekend?
The John F. Kennedy Business Association (FBLA / DECA) is pleased to announce a new community service project that we call BakPak Deli. Every week we will be providing the Social Worker with a back pack snack bags for client students to take home with them. It will include lunch and snack items to help students get through the weekend. We will handle the food end of the project and the social worker will handle the distribution, to preserve the anonymity of the clients.
This is NOT a one-and-done project. This will be an on-going, co-curricular project and the signature Community Service Project for our FBLA and DECA chapters. We will be using funds generated by our school based enterprises to drive the program BUT will also be looking for support from the school and the community. This is where you come in. When you shop consider buying something extra for the BakPak Deli. The types of foods we need are things like Raman or Mac & Cheese cups, juice boxes, snack bars etc. These can be delivered at any time to Mr. Clayton or Mr. Polete.
This is a very simple project with very profound results. It is our goal to see this project grow to serve all in need in our JFK community. It is our hope that it is so successful that it can grow beyond our school to other schools in our feeder system as well.
Jerry Q. Clayton
John F. Kennedy High School, Career and Technical Education, FBLA – DECA Adviser
PH: 720-423-4391; TXT: 720-254-1674; On-line at: www.mrclayton.org