“Team 100” to Hold Food Delivery Event at Webster Elementary School April 18th
2014-04-11 · By Editor
In some of Long Beach’s poorest areas, children come to school on Mondays so hungry that they cannot concentrate on learning. These kids benefit from weekday in-school breakfast and lunch programs; but over the weekends, meals are scarce and Mondays can’t come soon enough.
Recognizing the weekend hunger issue in a city where more than 50,000 elementary-age school children live below the poverty line, 100 men from the Long Beach area formed an organization called Team 100, a support group of the Volunteer Center’s Food For Kids program, to expand the weekend “Food for Kids” program in Long Beach.
On Friday, April 18 a group of Team 100 men will deliver 60 weekend bags of food to Webster Elementary School Principal Maria Martinez as a way to connect with the end-results of their “Food for Kids” program fundraising efforts. Principal Martinez’s students have benefited from the Food for Kids program for two years. She has seen first-hand the positive impact of the Food for Kids program in helping the most disadvantaged children at her school (and their families).
Today, through Team 100’s fundraising efforts and partnership with the Volunteer Center South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach, the Food For Kids program provides 15 bags of food per week to seven elementary schools in the Long Beach Unified School District to give to students and their families on Friday afternoons. This school year Team 100’s efforts will help provide 4000 bags of nonperishable groceries to families in need. The program’s goal is to grow to feed additional schools in September.