Impact and Programs
During the 2018-19 school year we provided 220,165 meals for the over 900 students we served each week. Teachers reported that the students enrolled in FOCP's programs display increased energy, enhanced concentration, and improved emotional health. 83% of children directly report being ready to learn at school on Monday morning.
Other accomplishments in the past year were: 1) FOCP developed an emergency feeding program to get meals to students when severe weather canceled school for multiple consecutive days. 2) In order to round out traditional school year services and to fill summer service gaps, FOCP launched a pilot program aimed at serving students from June through August. Partnering with local delivery drivers, a monthly box of food was delivered directly to the doorsteps of 350 food-insecure youth in an effort to feed hungry tummies while eliminating transportation and accessibility limitations. 3) Our enrollment forms were translated and are now available in the five most-prominent languages spoken in the communities we serve.
FOCP is increasing accessibility and outreach to more youth, including expanding to serve an additional seven schools this year. Our programs will now serve youth in area parochial schools, where the need is often unseen. We continue to improve the nutritional value in our weekly food packs and will seek the right combination of nutritious meals that youth enjoy. We are exploring the addition of monthly milk vouchers that will be inserted into food packs. This year, we will add educational and empowerment activities and materials into the food packs. Finally, as an organization, we are developing additional partnerships to strengthen processes, procedures and overall impact.
Community or Constituency Served
FOCP programs provide hunger relief for food-insecure youth in grades K-8 at 29 schools within five school districts in the greater Mankato, MN area.
Geographic Area Served
We serve five school districts within Minnesota's Blue Earth, Nicollet and Faribault counties.