Food for Thought

The Problem

Food for Thought Meal Program feeds over 5000 students. Johnson City Public School System Johnson City TN 37604 Science Hill High School Audrey's Story..................... As early as the 3rd grade, Audrey did not like seeing students stressed and pressured to find a teacher, principle, or student for lunch money. She worried with this year after year until she entered the 8th grade in 2004 making her mind up that she would do something about it. The humanitarian in Audrey said, “no one should go without a meal, this day in time.” When she was 13 years old, in 8th grade she devised a plan that would solve the problem. Audrey Cloyd founded a meal service program for students called, Food for Thought out of genuine concern for students at Science Hill High School when they did not have a pre-packed lunch or lunch money (for whatever reason) to purchase a traditional lunch. Most high schools have a “no-charge” policy; leaving no back-up plan when students do not have lunch provisions.

Plan of Action

To date, Food for Thought has provided lunch meals for over 5000 students. Principal, David Chupa says, “No student goes without a meal now, thanks to Food for Thought.” Food for Thought is in its 5th Academic school year and continues to be a success all thanks to Audrey’s efforts to make something happen. Audrey spends a great deal of time speaking to civic clubs, church groups and businesses to promote awareness and to get financial support for the program to continue each year. Audrey is a student leader and role model for so many and would love to expand the program to other high schools in the immediate area.

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