Program to help hungry Hudson kids with food packages
The program sends home weekend food packages with children enrolled in the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program.
Volunteers use donated funds to purchase and pack the bundles, then deliver them to school offices, according to Bloom. School employees then deliver the food each Friday afternoon to the classrooms of participating students.
Following a brief discussion at Monday night’s Hudson School Board meeting, the board voted unanimously in support of the program.
“Whatever is needed, we’ll find a way to do it,” she told the School Board this week.
Alvirne High School junior Erin Beals, along with her sister Emma, a freshman, and their mother, Regina, will serve as program volunteers.
Regina Beals said that unlike other fledgling End 68 Hours programs, Hudson has an advantage as it already has the local food pantry to serve as a local donation and storage headquarters.
The family already holds neighborhood food drives for the pantry.
Boisvert said the pantry wouldn’t ever be given students’ names, they’d only be told the number of students in need at each respective school.
“I think this is definitely going to affect visibility and funding, and I really don’t feel this will be a question of choosing one over the other,” Pollack said. “And I think there are plenty of Alvirne students that will want to step up and help.”
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