Schools Receiving Meals
"Imagine if you were faced with the situation where you didn't know when you would be eating next... would you be very interested in learning to multiply numbers if your stomach was growling and you didn't know when it would be filled?...We've seen that when our students feel secure that things will be calm and "normal" at home and their needs are provided for, they are better able to concentrate on their academic tasks."
Jessica Hays, Elida Elementary Social Worker
"Today has been AWESOME!! When our food delivery people walked into the school with the containers, they were so happy to be a part of the BIG DAY!! The students were very excited,too! I had around ten students ask me when they were going to get their food. The teachers are distributing food to the students in their classrooms during their specials/planning period. The process has been so smooth and easy!!"
Dr. Mary Iames, Perry Elementary Guidance Counselor
"There is no doubt that children are coming to school hungry. This is not a problem that is isolated in certain areas. We all have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which makes students concentrate and gain significant knowledge throughout the school day. In reality, every meal is important! When a child is lacking enough to eat or proper nutrition, a child becomes extremely distracted, unable to focus, and then possibly becomes a "behavior" problem within the classroom. Children who are fed have the best opportunity to reach his/her fullest potential."
Chris Renner, Bath Elementary Principal
Franklin Elementary in Delphos
"Meals 'til Monday is another very helpful piece to the puzzle of helping our students reach their potential and supporting our Mission Statement: Excellence Today, Success Tomorrow, One Student at a Time.”
Robert Hohlbein, Principal.
Allen East Elementary
"The Meals 'til Monday program is a fantastic program that provides additional nutrition to the children we have in the district that need it! I have students asking me mid-week when they will be getting their sack of food because they are so excited. Their faces light up and they feel special that someone in this world cares enough about them to make sure they are fed over the weekend. It’s so nice to know we have people in this community that care so much for our students and want what’s best for them. Children who struggle with finding things to eat certainly struggle at school just to focus, because education is not of top priority when you are hungry. With these bags, we can begin to battle this issue and help our students focus on moving forward in their education."
Amy Bradley – School Social Worker for Allen East Local Schools
The addition Cridersville Elementary School was also made possible by a grant from the Toledo Community Foundation. This expansion took MTM into Auglaize County.
"When Kami and I first heard about Meals 'til Monday we were excited to see how God was using people to help kids. We knew that this was a program that we wanted to be involved in, and we were sure that it could benefit the young people in our school district."
Aaron Rex, Wapakoneta City Schools High School Principal
"I feel very fortunate that our teaching staff and members of our community have supported the Meals 'til Monday program. After the first week, we sent home three meals, the next week the number had doubled, and by the third week the number was more than twenty...I was confirmed that this program is going to bless many families in Spencerville."
Brooke Zerbe, Spencerville Guidance Counselor (K-8)
Elmwood Primary & Maplewood Intermediate
"We are grateful for a multitude of reasons to team up with Meals 'til Monday. Within a short amount of time, I have noticed the same students coming into the clinic with similar symptoms. They were all signs of hunger which included headaches, stomachaches and not being able to concentrate in class. These were the same kids who never packed a snack for the day. We tend to take everything for granted in America unless we are directly affected. We feel blessed to have a school where everyone comes together to benefit children. By teaming up with Meals 'til Monday, our principal, teachers, staff, and volunteers have made a real difference for our students. Together we are empowering these kids, not only with food but with hope, to succeed in school and everyday life."
Tami Niemeyer, BSN, RN, School Nurse for Shawnee High School and Maplewood Intermediate School
"Hunger in America is an American problem and should be the concern of all, especially the hunger of children. Heir Force Community School is committed toward not only providing quality education but also preparing children to become responsible citizens and stewards. Tom Vilsick once said, "the lack of access to proper nutrition is not only fueling obesity, it is leading to food insecurity and hunger among our children." As a community public school, we recognize that it is our responsibility to work in partnership with other organizations to continuously spread the word and rally our community in the fight to end hunger. Our children and their families are grateful to receive support from Meals 'til Monday as we both know that hunger does not take the weekend off."
Dr. Willie Heggins, Executive Director for Heir Force Community School