By Dean Hesse, contributor
DeKalb County, GA — On Weds. Oct. 6, Hands on Atlanta distributed 700 free meal kits at International Community School (ICS) and McLendon Elementary School in DeKalb County to provide meals for students during the upcoming fall break.
According to Hands on Atlanta, 74% of students at both schools receive free or reduced priced lunch. The meal kits were packed by volunteers from ShopCore, an affiliate of the Blackstone Group. 440 meal kits went to students at ICS and 260 to McLendon.
Hands On Atlanta’s Meals 4 Kids program partners with local individuals and companies interested in providing wraparound resources to metro Atlanta students and families.
“This shows our students that we are in this together as a community, and we are all working together to support them, especially during unstable times like the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Alastair Pullen, ICS Principal in a press release. “Even when our students are not in the building, it’s good to know our students have a consistent food source.”
International Community School staff members pose for a photo before distributing meal kits to students on Oct. 6. From left, Htwe Htwe, family engagement coordinator, Jock Young, the student’s favorite cafeteria employee, communications coordinator Lane Elder and Dilbar Hajiessa community resource center coordinator and a student at the school the first year it opened. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Shaun Moore from Hands on Atlanta brings meal kits into the International Community School cafeteria to be distributed to students on Oct. 6. Photo by Dean Hesse.
International Community School Community Resource Center Coordinator Dilbar Hajiessa pushes a cart filled with meal kits to a classroom to distribute to students to take home for the fall break on Oct. 6. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Zachariah Chanet, social, emotional learning coach and after school program director for International Community School, helps distribute free meal kits to students to take home for the fall break on Oct. 6. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Meal kits are ready for International Community School students to take home for the fall break. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Zack Hodges from Hands on Atlanta helps distribute free meal kits to students at International Community School to take home for the fall break on Oct. 6. Photo by Dean Hesse.
On Oct. 6, International Community School Communications Coordinator Lane Elder helps distribute free meal kits to students to take home for the fall break. Photo by Dean Hesse.
On left, Victoria Shelton-Stroud, corporate partnerships manager for Hands on Atlanta, helps distribute free meal kits to students at International Community School to take home for the fall break on Oct. 6. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Students from International Community School return to class after receiving free meal kits for the upcoming fall break. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Shaun Moore from Hands on Atlanta backs a truck up at the loading dock filled with free meal kits for International Community School students to take home during the fall break. Moore said, “This is my favorite program we do. It’s an immediate impact.” Photo by Dean Hesse.
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