The past few years have been tough on many families, causing increased food insecurity for students throughout our district.
At Lake Washington Schools Foundation, we are committed to finding ways to help families in need and are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference.
We partner closely LWSD and other community partners to serve these families in the most effective way possible. One of these ways is through the distribution of food and other basic needs vouchers.
Since fall of 2021, LWSF has contributed funding to LWSD Families Helping Families, a district program that provides grocery vouchers to ensure no students go hungry over school holiday breaks.
We also contribute to the Assistance League of the Eastside’s Operation School Bell program, which supports LWSD students facing hardship. This program provides these students with necessary items such as new clothing, shoes, school supplies, medications, and groceries, as well as books to promote education and learning.
During the 2022-23 school year, LWSF dedicated over $300,000 total towards programs that address food insecurity among students in the LWSD community.
One of my jobs is helping to connect students and families with outside community resources. Helping to provide additional resources for food over the summer impacts our school community immensely, and I honestly can’t thank LWSF enough for their willingness to help!Madison Lecompte, School Counselor at Clara Barton Elementary School
One of our families expressed that their bank account was in overdraft and the food vouchers helped them to provide a couple of meals for their family before their next payday!Na’eemah Webb, LWSD Family Engagement and Community Outreach Coordinator