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Viewlands students assemble holiday food boxes to support classmates
Parents, staff, K-5 students and volunteers from Viewlands Elementary School will be distributing holiday food boxes prior to the Thanksgiving holiday for Viewlands's own students in need.
Staff from the Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) and volunteers from local businesses assembled the food boxes at a packing party Nov. 14 at the school gym. Each classroom collected non-perishable food starting Nov. 1. Several local businesses also contributed to the food drive efforts, including Starbucks, QFC, and Lenny’s Produce Market.
The Viewlands Elementary “Orca” motto is being kind and helpful, which is why the school partnered with HIP and the local businesses to collect the food.
“The partnership with so many local businesses is a wonderful demonstration of ‘... it takes a village ...’ Being able to help families in our community is what Viewlands is all about. We are kind, we are safe and we are helpful,” said Michelle Ota, Viewlands principal.
“The Hunger Intervention Program is pleased to support Viewlands Elementary and hopes to offer weekly food support to students in 2013 through our Healthy HIP Packs program,” said Kate Murphy, HIP Program Manager. “The Healthy HIP Packs program provides food when children need it most – on the weekends when the safety net of school meals is not available. The packs provide nutritious and kid-friendly foods sufficient for six meals and two snacks per child.”
One in four Washington children live in households where families are struggling to make ends meet. Children with adequate food stay healthier, miss fewer days of school, and have fewer behavioral issues in school. Viewlands Elementary has one of the highest free/reduced price school meal participation rates in North Seattle.
The Hunger Intervention Program is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that seeks to end hunger in Seattle by providing nutritious meals and basic cooking skills to the hungry of Seattle, while focusing on empowering those served. The programs are offered in a dignity-preserving fashion, in which clients' cultures are celebrated and respected.
Current programs include Healthy HIP Packs, weekly Food Bank Cooking Demonstrations, Community Kitchens, and Weekly Bagged Lunch and Sandwich Service.