Westwood Heights Schools is fighting hunger

Westwood Heights Schools is fighting hunger with new program
Posted on 11/01/2019
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Westwood Heights Schools is celebrating a new partnership that will help feed students even when they’re not at school.

Westwood Heights Schools is fighting hunger with a new program aimed at supplementing other food programs and filling in any gaps.

It’s called the Best Food Forward program and it couldn’t come at a better time for this mother of two.

Shay Harvey, a parent said, “I’m like the heir of the house, and I lost my job recently, like I said. So, this will help a lot.”

The district in Mt. Morris Township kicked things off with a ribbon-cutting Tuesday.

Families picked up things like cereal and produce, something for every meal.

Shay Harvey said, “It’s kind of awesome, because I was wondering how I was going to get everything for Thanksgiving.”

Peter Toal, superintendent Westwood Heights Schools, said, “We’ll have Thanksgiving events and Christmas events. Really trying to fill in the food gaps in our students’ and their families’ schedules.

The Michigan Department of Education is leading the two-year project and partnering with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

Superintendent Toal says the goal is to feed and educate and study the results.

Peter Toal said, “Until your basic needs are met, you really can’t be an effective student and an effective citizen. So, we’re going to actually be tracking the performance of our students over the years of this study to see whether their behavior, test scores and attendance improve.”

It may already be working.

Shay Harvey said, "She was really excited to come."

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, students living in food-insecure households tend to have a lower quality of life and higher risk of health problems.