Thursday, December 11, 2014

Snack Bag Sign Ups

Back by popular demand, we're inviting you to participate in the Homework Club Snack Bag Initiative.  Details are included below. 

With few spots available, they'll likely fill up within 24 hours.  

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 are on free or reduced lunch, 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. 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...     

Introducing weekend snack bags.  The CSO and OFSA would like to partner with fraternities and sororities on campus 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 60 snack bags for that date, and deliver them to the CSO by 12PM. The CSO will then deliver them to the homework club locations.  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, Jan. 29
Thursday, Feb. 5
Thursday, Feb. 12
Thursday, Feb. 19
Thursday, Feb. 26
Thursday, Mar. 5
Thursday, Mar. 19
Thursday, Mar. 26
Thursday, Apr. 9
Thursday, Apr. 16
Thursday, Apr. 23
Thursday, Apr. 30

Yes.  Here's two things you should know. 
  1. Sixty is the maximum number of kiddos the homework clubs can accommodate and, unfortunately, this number may shrink if kiddos drop out.  We'll communicate to you a more accurate headcount as your date approaches and you can expect the final headcount to be between 45-60.  
  2. If your chapter would like to supply less than 60 snack bags for financial reasons, you can pair up with another chapter to meet the full 60.  We had a number of groups do this last year.  You can either let me know that you'll be partnering with another group, or I can also find another group to share the week with you.  Just let me me. 
Please contact Ash Baudouin at for more information.