As a part of the “Teacher to Teen” outreach in Poughkeepsie, NY, teachers will offer a free holiday meal during school break for students and their parents.
On Tuesday, December 29 from noon to two pm, the Poughkeepsie City School District will offer the dinner in the high school cafeteria. The effort has been spearheaded by some Poughkeepsie High School teachers, as an “attempt to bridge the nutrition gap that occurs when students do not receive meals in school due to a school recess,” according to district officials.
The menu will include turkey, side dishes, and dessert. Activities are planned, including music, and games and prizes for children. Prizes were obtained through donations and charitable grants.
The effort is an attempt at community building and service. In Dutchess County, Poughkeepsie tops the figures for the largest number of disadvantaged students. In 2014, 86 percent of Poughkeepsie’s students qualified for free or reduced price meals.