F-F District Initiative Provides Weekend Food Assistance to Homeless Students

Cross Keys Middle School office professional Sherrie McClellan (left), assistant principal Kelley Schnettgoeke (center) and office professional Aretha Howard (right) pack grocery bags of food donated by CKMS staff for the Food For Thought program.

The Florissant Rotary Club has donated $1,000 to the Ferguson-Florissant School District’s “Food for Thought” program, a District-wide initiative which provides food to homeless students in need of weekend nutritional support.

“Food for Thought” was developed by the Ferguson-Florissant School District to respond to the needs of homeless students who often have limited access to food outside of school.  Food for the program is donated by staff at seven schools and at the district’s early education center.  At the end of each week, the food is given to children who are in need of food over the weekend.

Members of the community are invited to donate non-perishable food items for the program at Provident, Inc.’s Ferguson Counseling Office located at 409 South Florissant Road in Ferguson, Mo.

“School districts are the largest provider of food to needy children,” said Debbie Bodden, Food for Thought chairperson and social worker for the Ferguson-Florissant School District. “Our focus this year is on children who are homeless because they typically have the greatest need.  In time, we hope the program will expand to provide food to all students who are without food over the weekends.”

Serving the St. Louis area since 1860, Provident, a proud member of the United Way, is a nonprofit organization that creates hope through crisis intervention, therapy, group treatment, after-school programs, and other critical support during challenging times.


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