About Weekends Without Hunger

The committee of community members, organized by former Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Virginia Poling, has learned that 52% of our Norwalk students in Grades K – 12 qualify for free or reduced fee meals. The committee first began the Weekends without Hunger program in 2013 by addressing the needs of first graders in both the Norwalk Catholic and City Schools. Beginning the second semester of that school year eligible second graders were added to the program. Later that spring eligible kindergartners were also included.

Beginning in October of the 2014-15 school year all eligible K – 3rd graders were included in the weekend feeding program. In January, 2014 eligible fourth graders were also added. By the end of the 2015 school year Weekends without Hunger was providing food for the weekends to 330 children in Norwalk.

Delivering Meals to Children

In the fall of the 2015-16 school year all eligible Kindergarten through fourth graders were able to be included in the program. We do not plan to include fifth grade on up since the older grade levels have individual locked lockers which would cause a problem with privacy of food delivery.

Every fall parents are asked to complete a form along with the required federal forms for free and/or reduced fee meals indicating that they would like their student to participate in the Weekends without Hunger program. The cost to provide 12 healthy food items for each child for the weekends during the school year is now over $100. The Salvation Army provides a similar feeding program over the summer months. Our committee is seeking to bridge with that program to ensure that childhood hunger is addressed year-round in our Norwalk community.

As a non-profit organization the Fisher-Titus Medical Center Foundation serves as the fiscal agent for our program. They believe the program addresses a true community need as identified by the 2011 Huron County Community Health Assessment. The FTMC Foundation fully supports the mission of the Weekends without Hunger….Feeding our Future initiative.
Our committee members have conducted fund-raising campaigns each year to help support the cost of feeding eligible Norwalk children. For further information about this program people can contact Judy Sommers at judithsommers@live.com

People wishing to make donations to support this program can make checks out to Weekends without Hunger, in care of Fisher-Titus Medical Center Foundation, 272 Benedict Avenue, Norwalk, OH 44857.