Charlotte Public Schools (CPS) recently completed a food drive to jump start a new program at Charlotte High School (CHS) called the Bird Feeder. The Bird Feeder is a free food pantry located at the high school where students who struggle with food security can go and choose food to fill up a backpack to take home. Students, staff and the community combined efforts to collect over 5,500 items which were split between the Bird Feeder and Helping Hands Food Pantry in Charlotte. In addition, over $2,100 was raised to help fund the new project.
During this time, CPS also received a $10,000 donation and partnered with Applebees to ‘take a bite out of hunger’ and help erase past-due balances on student meal accounts in the schools. CPS officials said all the recent efforts clearly show the community has taken enormous steps to help ensure that no student goes hungry in Charlotte.
Individuals or organizations interested in donating shelf-stable food/ hygiene products, or making a monetary donation to support the Bird Feeder, can contact program coordinator Sean Barker at barkerS@charlottenet.org for more information.
Article submitted by CPS.