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Ms. Sarja from New Haven CT is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Closing the Gap on Hunger Stocking Our Maslow's Closet

Help me give my students food and warm drinks so they can focus their energy on getting ahead rather than getting by.

  • $996 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Some days for my kids are rough. Many come from unstable settings at home, without food security, without their basic needs met. It's a daily struggle.


Passionate. Driven.

My students are brave and capable of great accomplishment, but they are often stymied by conditions out of their control. They are leaders in the making, and they want to be in class. Lack of basic resources should not be holding them back, but at the moment, it's tough to engage students when basic needs keep them from making it into the classroom.

My Project

I've started a "Maslow's closet" at school where students in need can get hygiene products or clothes to stay warm. I am hoping now to add meals-on-the-go for those who don't have food at night, warm drinks for the students whose entire day at school can be turned around with a cup of tea and a few moments to decompress from the trauma or chaos of home life, and snacks for the kids who need to stay late for extra help but don't have disposable income for a run to the corner store the sustenance needed for them to focus.

When students aren't focused on hunger, when students come to school knowing they will be cared for, when students understand that their teachers see their struggle, engagement goes up.

And we need our kids to engage more than ever. Getting by just isn't good enough. These kids deserve to focus on their education. For the kids in survival mode, this closet of supplies will grant them the freedom to do that.

Ms. Sarja
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Jif Creamy Peanut Butter Twin Pack, 80 Ounce • Amazon Business $8.73 10 $87.30
Campbell's Condensed Chicken Noodle Soup, 10.75 oz Can, (Pack of 4) • Amazon Business $4.19 15 $62.85
Mott's Medleys Fruit Snacks, Assorted Fruit Gluten Free Snacks, Family Size, 40 Pouches, 0.8 oz Each • Amazon Business $5.88 10 $58.80
Nissin Cup Noodles, Chicken, 67.5 Ounce • Amazon Business $27.97 2 $55.94
Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Lower Sugar, Variety Pack, Breakfast Cereal, 48 Counts • Amazon Business $10.37 5 $51.85
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Cheddar Crackers, 45 oz. Multi-pack Box, 30-count 1.5 oz. Snack Packs • Amazon Business $9.69 5 $48.45
Kellogg's Nutri-Grain, Soft Baked Breakfast Bars, Apple Cinnamon, Made with Whole Grain, Value Pack, 20.8 oz (16 Count) • Amazon Business $4.78 10 $47.80
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, Original, 7.25 oz, 5 Pack • Amazon Business $4.50 10 $45.00
NESTLE COFFEE-MATE Coffee Creamer, Original, liquid creamer singles, Pack of 360 • Amazon Business $19.18 2 $38.36
Honey Nut Cheerios, Gluten Free, Cereal with Oats, 19.5 oz Box • Amazon Business $3.64 10 $36.40
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars and Dipps Variety Pack, 58 Count • Amazon Business $11.28 3 $33.84
PARMALAT MILK - 2%, 32 OZ (pack of 6) • Amazon Business $29.75 1 $29.75
Ritz Original Crackers - Fresh Stacks - Family Size, 17.8 Ounce • Amazon Business $3.55 8 $28.40
Vbiger Men Warm Gloves Winter Touch Screen Gloves Cold Weather Gloves Texting Mittens for Men (New Black) • Amazon Business $4.99 5 $24.95
Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats, Crispy Marshmallow Squares, Original, Value Pack, 0.78 oz Bars (16 Count) • Amazon Business $3.68 5 $18.40
Planters Dry Roasted Sunflower Kernels, 5.85 Ounce • Amazon Business $1.69 10 $16.90
TashiBox 12 oz White Hot Drink Paper Cups - 120 Count - Disposable Paper Coffee Cups • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Ovente KP72W 1.7L BPA-Free Electric Kettle, Fast Heating Cordless Water Boiler with Auto Shut-Off and Boil-Dry Protection, LED Light Indicator, White • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Royal 1000 Count Wood Coffee Beverage Stirrers, 5.5" (Pack of 3) • Amazon Business $13.28 1 $13.28
Sumind 2 Pairs Women Winter Gloves Warmer Plush Glove Lined Windproof Gloves for Women and Girls (Black, Gray) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Traditional Medicinals Organic Throat Coat Seasonal Tea, 16 Tea Bags (Pack of 1) • Amazon Business $3.99 3 $11.97
Snyder's of Hanover Pretzels, Snaps, 100 Calorie Packs, 10 Count Box • Amazon Business $3.83 3 $11.49
Stash Tea Mango Passionfruit Herbal Tea, 20 Count Box of Tea Bags Individually Wrapped in Foil, Sweet Fruity Caffeine Free Herbal Tisane, Drink Hot or Iced • Amazon Business $3.20 3 $9.60
WELCH'S Mixed Fruit Snacks, 0.9 Ounce, 40 Count • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Stash Tea Chamomile Herbal Tea, 20 Tea Bags Per Box, Premium Herbal Tisane, Sweet Soothing Herbal Tea, Enjoy Hot or Iced • Amazon Business $2.99 2 $5.98
Stash Tea Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea, 20 Tea Bags Per Box, Premium Herbal Tisane, Citrus-y Warming Herbal Tea, Enjoy Hot or Iced • Amazon Business $2.99 2 $5.98
Stash Tea Peppermint Herbal Tea, 20 Tea Bags Per Box, Premium Herbal Tisane, Minty Refreshing Herbal Tea, Enjoy Hot or Iced • Amazon Business $2.99 2 $5.98
Cheerios, Gluten Free, Cereal with Whole Grain Oats, 20 oz Box • Amazon Business $4.09 1 $4.09
Twinings of London Wild Berries Herbal Tea Bags, 20 Count • Amazon Business $3.52 1 $3.52

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