Turning Interest Into Action
Here at Auburn Sustenance Project, we know that sometimes all it takes to change the world is a little support. Students in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Auburn University began supporting local Auburn City School children in Fall 2021. As students explored the impacts of food insecurity on academic success, physical development, social development, cognitive development, as well as the family stress caused by the lack of food consistency, the desire to reduce food insecurity within the local community emerged. The core of our efforts is to provide approximately 450 Auburn City School students with breakfast, lunch, and snack during the summer months, winter break, Thanksgiving break, and spring break. This student led project exemplifies the Department of Human Development and Family Science's tagline "People Helping People".
The project provides breakfast, lunch, and snack when school age children in Auburn City Schools are on school breaks such as Thanksgiving, Winter Holidays, Spring Break, and Summer Break. The goal of the project is to reduce food insecurity among Auburn City School students by providing meals and snacks they normally receive from the schools during the school breaks.
During Spring Break 2022, the project provided breakfast, lunch, and snacks to 23 families for five days (115 breakfasts, 115 lunches, and 230 snacks).
During Summer 2022, the project provided break, lunch, and snacks for 181 kids for five days a week for the entire summer. This amounted to: 10,860 breakfast, 10,860 lunches, and 21,720 snacks or 43,440 meals and snacks.
The project has been able to provide snacks to the 9 elementary schools every month for the students who are unable to bring their own snacks. This has amounted to 6,750 snacks distributed so far during this academic year.
The goal for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break this year was to feed 450 kids on the days they are out of school. The project actually fed 500 students on those days out of school!
This is a total of over 90,000 meals and snacks in one year of school breaks!