The rate of food insecurity among Hoosier children is slightly above the national average. For many of these children, school lunches are their primary source of nutrition. During school breaks, these children are at risk of going hungry. The Purdue Nutrition Society partnered with Glen Acres Elementary School in Lafayette, Indiana, a school where, in 2016, 72.6% of students qualified for free or reduced lunches. Through the school, 20 students from low-income families were identified and chosen to receive food care packages over their spring break. These packages were delivered to the students’ homes, and they consisted of a minimum of three nutritious meals for each of the five days school was not in session. In addition to supplying a combination of nonperishable and fresh food items, the care packages included kid-friendly recipes and other nutrition-related educational handouts. Through this initiative, the Purdue Nutrition Society was able to help feed young children that know all too well that hunger doesn’t take a spring break.
"Hunger Doesn’t Take a Spring Break: Addressing Childhood Hunger Through Service-Learning,"
Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and International Engagement: Vol. 4
Available at: https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/pjsl/vol4/iss1/6