Organized by: Maranda Daniels
The recent decline in the coal industry in southwest Virginia has led to an increase in the unemployment rate. While this high level of unemployment is a dilemma for the local economy, the larger, more pressing concern is a lack of adequate nutrition for the children of the community. This inadequacy is compounded by federal guidelines which limit calories in school lunches. For some of these children, school breakfast and lunch are their only daily meals. The school district does everything in its power to feed children in need but they are subject to budgetary restrictions and the above mentioned government regulations. Lunchbox276 (formerly The Lunchbox Project) provides extra food to students in an attempt to fill the gap between what free lunch provides and the student's level of caloric need. Most recently, Lunchbox276 expanded its efforts to include weekend and extended school break snack backpacks. At Wise Primary alone, Lunchbox276 feeds over 100 children (lots of siblings) at a cost of approximately $500.00 per week.