Currently, we have only a few student and community members in our group to help this organization run smoothly. In addition, we rely on Goodwill and Transitional Services volunteers to help us pack the food, and Hastings College groups such as Habitat 4 Humanity, Alpha Phi, Pi Rho, Tri-Beta, and the American Schools classes to deliver the food each week.
In addition to volunteers to help with food packing and delivery, we rely completely on donations from community groups, organizations, and individuals, as well as local grants, to buy the food we deliver each week. To feed a child for one semester costs approximately $125, and for a year is approximately $250. Overall, to provide for our families each year (for the cost of food and some overhead costs), we need approximately $19,000.
Currently, we provide food for the following number of families at each elementary school: Lincoln: 16; Longfellow: 17; Morton: 17; Alcott: 13; Hawthorne: 8; Watson: 5. Sadly, these numbers could be much larger, given that, according to the United States Census Bureau, 15.6% of the Hastings, NE population is below the poverty level (http://quickfacts.census.gov/, 2012), and, on average, 50% of students in the Hastings Public School system (kindergarten through 5th grade) qualify for free and reduced lunches, with a range of 84% to 16% at individual schools.