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Mrs. Weeks Shoemaker from Phoenix AZ is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Hungry Kids Suffer

Help me give my students sustenance to help their minds and bodies work to the best of their abilities.

  • $301 goal

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My Students

I teach in Central Phoenix, in a Title I school. We have a large population receiving free or reduced-price lunch, and many of my students can't afford basic school supplies. I work hard at helping my students believe in themselves and setting high expectations in both their academic life and personal life.

My students want to be the best person that they can be.

Our school is often compared to a wealthier school nearby, and our kids understand they have monetary limitations their counterparts do not, and that often hurts their pride. We, as a school, work hard to help our kids strive for their personal best and help in every way we can.

My Project

I want my students to have the best of everything. That includes food. Many of my students are on the free and reduced-price meal programs, and often the only times they eat each day are at school. I would like to have small snacks to help the kids get through the day. I know sometimes asking for help is difficult for these kids; they are proud. I want them to be able to grab what they need out of the pantry and not feel less about themselves.

Hungry kids can't learn because they can't focus.

That is a fact. Many of my students have jobs, not to buy clothes and have fun but because their families need the income. If I can do just a little bit to help my kids, it is worth it. Every child deserves to be the best they can be. Hunger should never be an obstacle.

Mrs. Weeks Shoemaker
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, Latino, 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.

This project will reach 145 students.

9 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Break Box Big Beef Snack Mix, Assorted, 29/Box (700-S0020) • Staples Advantage $46.99 1 $46.99
Break Box Breakfast Snack Mix, Assorted, 41/Box (700-S0002) • Staples Advantage $44.49 1 $44.49
Break Box Healthy Snack Mix, Assorted, 23/Box (700-S0001) • Staples Advantage $43.99 1 $43.99
Nutri-Grain Bars, Variety, 1.3 oz., 48/Carton (KEE05872) • Staples Advantage $25.99 1 $25.99
belVita Breakfast Biscuits, Individually Wrapped, Hydrogenated Oil-free, Sweetener-free, Brown Sugar, 1.76 oz, 8/Box • Staples Advantage $19.39 1 $19.39
Austin Cookies & Crackers, Variety, 1.52 oz., 45/Carton (KEE48570) • Staples Advantage $14.99 1 $14.99
Jif PowerUp Chewy Granola Bars, Individually Wrapped, Creamy Peanut Butter, Box, 6.50 oz, 5/Box • Staples Advantage $11.99 1 $11.99

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