Monday, September 16, 2013

CSO Homework Club Snack Bags

Get excited!!  We're kicking off the Homework Club Snack Bag initiative again for the fall semester and we need your help to make it a success!!  

The Community Service Office organizes homework clubs Monday through Thursday for several of our partner schools near campus in south Bethlehem.  Over 90% of the kids in these partnering schools and those participating in homework clubs receive free or reduced lunches, meaning their families live at or below the poverty line.  While these kids receive meals during school hours, food insecurities are a constant concern in the evening hours and, more importantly, on the weekends.   

Some homework club kids do not know when or where their next meal will come from.  Processed foods, junk foods, and fast foods are more affordable than nutritious foods and healthy produce and homework club kids typically have less access to fruits, veggies, etc.  Family members may work long hours in the evenings and weekends as well meaning traditional dinner time is not commonplace for some of our homework club kids.  With this in mind, the Community Service Office provides snacks during homework clubs and two fraternities also prepare a weekly dinner for homework club kids (thanks Sig Ep and DU). It's no coincidence that on the days dinners are served, there is a 100% attendance rate at homework clubs.  HOWEVER, that still leaves the weekends...     
Back by popular demand, the CSO and fraternities and sororities have partnered to prepare and deliver weekend snack bags for homework club kids.  Chapters have the opportunity to sign up for one Thursday of the semester, prepare 40 snack bags for that date, and deliver them to our Community Service Office on campus.  They'll then be delivered to the homework club kids.  Snack bags should include healthy items such as fruits, veggies, granola, cheese sticks, nuts, etc.  More details on logistics are included in the attachment.  This is a great way to get involved within the local community!! 

Email to sign your chapter up.  Include a chapter contact and that person's email address and phone number.  Also include any particular date(s) your chapter would like to sign up for (see below for a list of available dates).  

Thursday, 10/17
Thursday, 10/24
Thursday, 10/31
Thursday, 11/7
Thursday, 11/14
Thursday, 11/21
Thursday, 12/5

More information coming to a council meeting near you, but jump on the bandwagon now. Dates will go quickly!!  Let me know if you have any questions!!

In Service,

Ashley Baudouin