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Ms. Z. from Oakland CA is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Fill Their Bellies, Fill Their Brains

Help me give my students nutrition to fill their bellies and wake up their brains!

  • $607 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are brave, curious and full of energy. They make things different and exciting. While reading and writing is a challenge for most of them, they approach their work with positive attitudes and perseverance. They are caring, kind and have created a classroom community where we can all strive for our best and help each other along the way.

I teach one hundred, kind and curious students.

A majority of them are not reading at grade level and are English language learners. They all receive special services including, but not limited to, reading assistance, academic/behavior support and free lunch.

Our school is in a vibrant and loving community with a wide variety of cultures and traditions. While it has a lot to offer, the students still face challenges of poverty and gang violence. Despite all the trials they face outside of school, my students come ready to build relationships, grow their skills and achieve their goals. We celebrate wins together each day.

My Project

Today, my students came together and asked if it was possible to get food donated from the same people who provided them with the new furniture. I was blown away and excited about the way my students were advocating for their own needs. Not a day goes by without nearly all of my students asking for some food or a snack. I offer up bits and pieces of my lunch or snacks but never have enough to meet the needs of all students, and they know this, which is why we decided to create this project.

If basic needs like sleep, hunger, love, and comfort are not met the ability to be engaged and learn becomes extremely difficult.

I want to provide options for students who may have missed a meal or need the extra energy to make it through the afternoon slump. My school provides a free lunch but it is often not enough and may be the only meal a student eats for the day.

All of the items were chosen by the students. They took into consideration their health, which​ will give them energy, and what are the foods everyone can enjoy.

Help my students to finish the year strong with full bellies and full brains!

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

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Healthy Snacks Care Package (Count 30) - Discover a whole new world of Healthy Snacks • Amazon Business $21.99 4 $87.96
Cookies, Chips & Candies Care Package Variety Pack Bundle Sampler (150 Count) • Amazon Business $59.99 1 $59.99
Healthy Bars, Nuts & Crackers Snack Pack Assortment by Variety Fun (Care Package 72 Count) • Amazon Business $44.99 1 $44.99
KIND Breakfast Protein Bars, Peanut Butter Banana, Gluten Free, 1.76oz, 32 Count • Amazon Business $30.32 1 $30.32
Nissin Cup Noodles, Shrimp, 67.5 Ounce • Amazon Business $27.00 1 $27.00
Sensible Portions Veggie Straws Variety Pack • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
Nissin Cup Noodles, Chicken, 67.5 Ounce • Amazon Business $26.42 1 $26.42
Tootsies frooties assorted 5lb (2.27kg) • Amazon Business $18.97 1 $18.97
Crispy Green Freeze-Dried Fruit, Single-Serve, Banana 0.53 Ounce (12 Count) NEW PACKAGING • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Plasticpro Cutlery Plastic Forks Medium Weight Disposable Silverware White (1000 Count) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Blue Diamond Almond Nut Thins Cracker Crisps, Hint of Sea Salt, 4.25 Ounce (Pack of 6) • Amazon Business $16.08 1 $16.08
Tropicana Apple Juice, 10 oz., 24 Count • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Kraft Easy Mac Macaroni and Cheese Dinner, 18 Microwaveable Single Serve Packets • Amazon Business $11.88 1 $11.88
Stretch Island Strawberry Original Fruit Leather Snacks – Vegan | Gluten Free | Non-GMO | No Sugar Added - 0.5 Oz Strips (30 Count) • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Wickedly Prime Organic Sprouted Nut Blend, Sweet Cashew & Almond Crunch, 6 Ounce • Amazon Business $9.74 1 $9.74
Lavender Essential Oil (100% Pure, Natural, UNDILUTED) 10ml - Best Therapeutic Grade - Perfect for Your Aromatherapy Diffuser, Relaxation, More! • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Extra Peppermint Sugarfree Gum 15 Count (Pack of 10) • Amazon Business $6.57 1 $6.57
DOLE FRUIT BOWLS, Cherry Mixed Fruit in 100% Fruit Juice, 4 Ounce (12 Cups) • Amazon Business $5.84 1 $5.84

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