Feeding hungry preschoolers who are too young to benefit from the federal school lunch program is the realization of a vision of a Boulder millionaire.
Gordon Gamm, founder of the Boulder International Humanist Institute, donated $120,000 to start the iniative, in the hope that others will follow suit.
“I’m throwing out a challenge,” Gamm said.
The Boulder Valley district can now provide lunch and a bag of healthy food to take home on the weekend to young children in three preschools.
The federal school lunch program provides preschoolers with universal breakfast and snacks at low income schools, but no lunch.
“This program was designed to find the gaps,” Gamm said. “Children should have nutritious food, no matter their circumstances. It has such an impact on them, for the rest of their lives.”
Approximately 150 preschoolers are currently participating. They eat a family style lunch, complete with the experience of sharing, practicing table manners, pouring drinks, and cleaning up.