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Help to Prevent Hunger This Holiday Season

While many of us worry about gaining weight over the holiday season, there are many families in Great Valley who worry about feeding their children. In response to that concern, the Great Valley School District Food Service Department began an annual food drive in 2009 that provides relief. Targeted to help families in need, the food drive provides families with breakfast and lunch items over the winter break.

“While school is in session throughout the year, students have access to breakfast and lunch every day,” said Food Service Director Nicole Melia. “However, when school is closed over winter break, it is very possible that these students will go without at least one – and possibly both – of these meals each day. We don’t want that to happen.”

So that students don’t go without breakfast or lunch while school is closed at the end of December, the food service department reaches out to families in advance of the holiday season. Families who would like to receive help can opt-in to receive food donations.

“Last year, through the generosity of those who donated food, we assisted 63 families,” said Melia. “Those families included 132 children. But our ability to help relies on our community’s willingness to help.”

The food service department is now accepting donations for this year’s food drive. Those wishing to make a donation can drop it off at the District Office building or in any of the school’s cafeterias. Cash donations in the form of a check are also being accepted.

“We accept all nonperishable kid-friendly foods,” said Melia. “Our goal is to ensure that no student goes hungry this holiday season.”

Want to make a donation to the annual food drive? Below are some suggestions:

  • Individually boxed cereals
  • Cereal bars
  • Juice boxes
  • Canned juice
  • Boxed milk
  • Individually packaged puddings and jello
  • Healthy individual dry snacks
  • Canned soups
  • Tuna
  • Whole fruit
  • Cheese or peanut butter crackers
  • Energy bars
  • Trail mix
  • Individual serving size nut packages
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruit, and vegetables
  • Dried Foods
  • Any individual or small packaged dry shelf-stable products.
  • A check made payable to Great Valley Food Service Department (please mark “food drive” on memo line)

Donations can be dropped off at District Office (47 Church Road, Malvern), or at any of the GVSD schools. Check donations can also be mailed to: GVSD Food Service Department, 47 Church Road, Malvern PA 19355.

 Questions? Call 610-889-2125, ext. 51979