This weekend, schoolchildren from Lake City’s Olympic Hills Elementary at risk of hunger were able to bring home a little extra food thanks to the nonprofit Hunger Intervention Program, which added the school to its “Healthy HIP Packs Program” on Friday.
Through the program, 40 North Seattle elementary schoolchildren go home each weekend with a backpack full of nutritious and kid-friendly foods. The program started with John Rogers Elementary in Lake City, which has been involved for the past year and a half, with the addition of Olympic Hills Elementary and Viewlands Elementary in Greenwood on Friday.
According to a news release from the Hunger Intervention Program, the newly added schools have some of the district’s highest numbers of children relying on free or reduced-price school meals.
“We’re excited to be able to begin expanding our Healthy HIP Packs Program to better address hunger in our local communities,” Kate Murphy, HIP program manager, said in the news release. “This program is such an important resource for children when school meals are not available. I credit this expansion to our collaborative work with north Seattle elementary schools, community supporters and businesses, and our volunteers.” [Read more →]