Brothers, sisters eat
Caring for Kids not only feeds students at Chief Shikellamy, but also their brothers and sisters, Dressler said.
“We are sending home packages for them as well,” she said. “We are getting ready to open this up to all the other elementary schools by the end of December.”
In two months, pupils at Oaklyn, Beck and Priestley elementary schools will be receiving the weekend lunches.
“That’s our plan,” Dressler said. “And then beginning the start of the new year, we want to be able to help the middle school and high school students.”
Beck Elementary in 2012 was at nearly 70 percent for free or reduced-price lunches, while Priestley was at 40 percent and Oaklyn at 29 percent.
The district as a whole in 2013 is at 47 percent eligible for the state’s free or reduced-price lunches.
For now, Dressler and her group need all the help they can get.
“We will take anything,” she said. “If people are going to do food drives, all we ask is for people to try and get us food that kids can prepare. But we will take whatever people will donate and I want people to know that this is just not about the free or reduced lunches students receive. This is also about the parents that are out working and are struggling as well. They need help as well.”