Lake County School Board members accepted a check at this week’s Board meeting that will provide food pantries for all eight Lake County high schools.
The goal of the $11,115 grant from Winn-Dixie via the United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties is every homeless child in Lake County high schools will receive sufficient food so they will have enough to eat for each weekend during the school year. Expected outcomes of the grant are homeless high school students will have a better attendance and performance record thus reducing the likelihood of them dropping out of school.
“It’s a program that we hope to have up and running by Feb. 1, and it’s a program that we want to emulate down into middle schools and, if it at all possible, elementary schools,” said Sue Cordova, CEO of United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties.
Food purchases and deliveries will be completed by the Church at South Lake staff. Finances will be handled through United Way.