Last year, Sonja Sackett was substitute teaching at our school when she noticed that many Mukilteo Elementary teachers were providing snacks for students that needed them. She realized that the teachers were spending their own money to feed hungry kids in their classrooms.
The teachers told Sonja how important it is for kids to have that snack break so they could focus on learning. A snack helps to fuel kids up to concentrate. Kids who receive free lunch during the day typically do not have a snack from home to eat, while the rest of their classmates do. That's a lot of snacks every day, for multiple children for the entire year. And that's a lot of snacks, money, and time that our teachers have been investing in making sure everyone has what they need to learn.
Sonja wanted to help support the learning environment in the classrooms, and also help take some of that financial burden off of the teachers. So Sonja started Food For Thought to provide healthy snacks for children in need so they can focus on learning. Food For Thought delivers snacks to the staff lounge for teachers to take back to their classrooms for their students in need.
Sonja told me, "I thought I would personally provide all of the snacks. But I soon realized the need was far greater than I could fill alone. So I started asking for donations. And to my surprise, the donations flooded in. We obtained enough donations last year to cover the need completely at ME."
You can deliver store-bought snacks or monetary donations to 1085 Terrace Place, Mukilteo WA 98275, or the ME office, labeled "Food For Thought." Especially appreciated are fresh fruits like small apples, bananas, and clementines, granola bars, Nutrigrain bars, and small snack-size bags of pretzels, Goldfish, pretzels, etc.
If you send money or a check, include your contact information and Food For Thought will send you a Costco receipt showing what your donation provided.
Sonja has even had donations from as far away as the East Coast.
You can also help by liking and following Food For Thought on Facebook. Like and comment on the posts, and share those posts with your friends so they can reach more people and help more kids.