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Ms. Hoster from Roxbury MA is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Food to Fuel Learning

Help me give my students non-perishable snacks, meals, and meal supplements to feed them this fall.

  • $692 goal

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My Students

Our students are a group of diverse learners who have faced several barriers in their personal and educational journey. While all of them come from low-income households and have struggled to be successful in traditional high school settings, many of them have also had complex trauma histories and continue to face day-to-day obstacles preventing them from getting their basic needs met. Community violence, caring for younger siblings, witnessing domestic violence, food insecurity, and housing insecurity are among the many challenges our students are all too familiar with.

Despite their adversaries, our students model resilience, integrity, scholarship, and empowerment, and strive to not only achieve a high school diploma, but also goals as a lifelong learner and active member of society.

As a competency-based and trauma-sensitive school, we aim to provide our students with a safe, supportive, and educationally appropriate environment. Our students engage through hybrid learning models to meet students where they are in their learning. They’re able to access the curriculum through challenging and relevant content, experiential education, community service experiences, work-study opportunities, and project-based and capstone assessments. Through this model, our students can access an education and experience success and genuine self-worth.

My Project

"Food to Fuel Learning" is more than a clever gesture to help boost our students thinking capacity and ability to focus, though both are essential benefits of food. The reality is far too many of our students report feeling hunger at all hours of the day. For several students, who frequently report not eating since leaving school, food is the motivating factor for them to school. While we strive to have students eager and ready to start their day ready to learn, we recognize that it is not always the case. Because of this, we aim to have a safe and welcoming community where the whole-student is supported and has their needs met as much as possible.

“...Before students can excel at their full potential, we must ensure their basic needs are met,” Tony Kline, Ph.D.

While our school has an adequate lunch program, it does not often appeal to the palates of our students, nor does it accommodate our student’s hunger during non-lunch and after school hours. The food included in this cart was chosen for the protein and carbohydrate content, helping students combat hunger for longer. Additionally, the food is appealing to students so that eating is both a necessary and enjoyable experience. The non-perishable items, such as Quaker Grits, Kraft Mac & Cheese, Ramen, Kellogg's cereal, and Rice a Roni will allow our students to take food to go and prevent them from skipping yet another meal when they are outside of school. All the food items included will help support our students get their basic needs met; a small gesture with a lasting impact.

Ms. Hoster
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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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
Zatarain's Black Bean & Rice, 7 oz (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $33.60 2 $67.20
Chef Boyardee Mini-Bites Spaghetti Rings & Meatballs, 7.5 Oz. (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $28.72 2 $57.44
Zatarain's Jambalaya With Cheese, 8 o (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $26.68 2 $53.36
Pace Ready Meals, Santa Fe Style Steak with Black Beans & Rice, 9 oz (Pack of 6) • Amazon Business $21.10 2 $42.20
Pace Ready Meals, Cheesy Chicken Quesadilla, 9 oz (Pack of 6) • Amazon Business $18.66 2 $37.32
Rice a Roni Cups, Chicken, Individual Cup, 1.97 Ounce (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $16.43 2 $32.86
Kellogg's, Breakfast Cereal, Single-Serve Boxes, Variety Pack ,48 Count • Amazon Business $15.34 2 $30.68
Idahoan Buttery Homestyle Mashed Potatoes, Made with Gluten-Free 100% Real Idaho Potatoes, 1.5 oz (Pack of 10) • Amazon Business $14.90 2 $29.80
Instant Pad Thai Noodles, 2.5 Oz. Packets (Set of 10) • Amazon Business $12.99 2 $25.98
Nature Valley Granola Bars, Crunchy, Mega Pack of Peanut Butter and Oats 'n Honey, 36 Count, Pack of 1 • Amazon Business $6.98 3 $20.94
Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli, 7.5-Ounce Microwavable Bowls (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $9.59 2 $19.18
Nissin Chow Mein Premium Teriyaki Beef, 4.0 Ounce (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $9.12 2 $18.24
Maruchan Instant Lunch Chicken Flavor, 2.25 Oz, Pack of 12 • Amazon Business $8.38 2 $16.76
Pop-Tarts Breakfast Toaster Pastries, Flavored Variety Pack, Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon, Frosted Strawberry, 32 Count • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Pop-Tarts Breakfast Toaster Pastries, Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon Flavored, Family Pack, 56.4 oz (32 Count) • Amazon Business $7.19 2 $14.38
Quaker Instant Grits, 4 Flavor Variety Pack, 0.09oz Packets (48 Pack) • Amazon Business $7.19 2 $14.38
Kraft Easy Mac Microwavable Macaroni & Cheese (6.7oz Packets, Pack of 18) • Amazon Business $6.57 2 $13.14

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