“Mr. Chris, when are we going to eat lunch?”
“Most of our kids come to school hungry every day,” says Chris Telles, known as “Mr. Chris” to his students, a teacher and literacy specialist at Daniel Webster Elementary School in the Potrero Hill neighborhood in San Francisco.
In an effort to end childhood hunger, the Food Bank’s Morning Snack Program operates in 32 sites including Daniel Webster Elementary. Healthy snacks such as hand-held fruit and high protein trail mix are distributed Monday through Friday at high-need public schools where at least 50% of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
“I’ve definitely seen a difference in my class as a result of the snacks — the kids are able to concentrate. They aren’t as distracted.”
Prior to the Morning Snack Program, Mr. Chris’ students had difficulty in the hours before lunchtime. “It was hard for them to concentrate. They would keep asking, ‘Mr. Chris, when are we going to eat lunch?’ I don’t get those questions anymore.”
For students who haven’t had enough breakfast or who may not get a breakfast at home, healthy snacks are a game changer — they remove the distraction of hunger, which has no place in the classroom. Mr. Chris tells us, “The Morning Snack Program helps to hold them over until the next meal, so they can focus more on learning and less on their empty stomachs.”
The Morning Snack Program is made possible by the Food Bank’s community of donors — and right now is the perfect time to give, because your gift will be doubled by FedEx.
Donate by April 13 and FedEx will match your donations to the Morning Snack Program dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $30,000.
Food from the Bar
Sponsored by the Bar Association of San Francisco, Food from the Bar is the legal community’s annual competitive food and fund raising drive. Now in its 21st year, Food from the Bar raises critical funds to keep kids in San Francisco and Marin from going hungry.
Last year, 78 firms competed to raise the most money, collect the most food, and donate the most volunteer hours to the Food Bank. The event was a record-breaking success and inspired this year’s lofty goals: raise $520,000, collect 14,000 pounds of food, and host 700 volunteer hours. To register your firm or find out more about the April 17th kickoff reception at Palio D’Asti please visit foodfromthebar.org.
Morning Snack Recipe
Recipe: Healthy and chewy baked oatmeal snack bars
If you’re in need of portable whole grains, these are perfect. They’re the flavor of good nutrition! Full Recipe Here ».
Highlights & Announcements
Giants Food & Fund Drive
Wednesday, April 18: San Francisco Giants “Strike Out Hunger” Food Drive vs. Philadelphia Phillies at AT&T Park
Join the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks at AT&T Park for the annual Giants “Strike Out Hunger” Food Drive, presented by Visa. Bring 5 cans of food or donate $5 to receive a special gift. Gates open at 5:15 p.m. Go Giants!
Wednesday, April 25: Join us for a poetry reading benefiting the Food Bank and celebrating the publication of the anthology “Broken Circles: A Gathering of Poems for Hunger”, by Cave Moon Press. Hosted by Dan Brady, the reading features poets Joan Gelfand, Mary Mackey, Rachelle Escamilla, and Stephen Kopel, along with musical accompaniment. An open mic follows the main presentation.
Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse – 7pm
2095 Hayes Street, San Francisco
Marin CROP Hunger Walk
Sunday, April 29: The 16th Annual Marin CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, April 29, starting at the First Presbyterian Church in San Rafael. This walk, which is sponsored by the Marin Interfaith Council and Church World Service, raises funds to address the challenges of hunger and poverty globally and locally. Proceeds from this event will benefit regional charities including the Food Bank. Get complete information »
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