They know every Monday morning that many of their students are too hungry to learn, so a new effort is underway to help teachers fight student hunger from having insufficient meals on the weekend.
Tammy Hite knows the Monday morning routine all too well. Often her students are too hungry to learn. “They are coming in, and they are literally sick to their stomachs because they were hungry from the weekend,” said Hite, a learning support teacher at Charleroi Area Elementary Center.
According to Hite, the only meals available to some of her students during the week are the meals they receive at school. “The public would be surprised how many children come in and have not had meals over the weekend,” Hite said.
The Harvest Bounty Program has set a $30,000 goal to feed 30o students at the Charleroi Area Elementary Center every week during the school year. Last year the program was established by music teacher Jan Staranko at the middle school, with support from six colleagues. They distributed food to 100 students weekly.
The elementary program is supported by over a dozen teachers, and food distribution to children in “food insecure” homes began last week.