Neighbors Taking Action

Third Grade Student Makes a Difference!

Who says kids can’t make a difference?  At nine years, old Jake Scoropanos is already taking an active role in his community. He learned that some kids go to school hungry and decided to do something about it.

“I want to donate the money I got for Christmas to buy those kids food.” Hearing this, his parents challenged him to think bigger and, within just a few weeks, Jake raised more than $3,000 to help fight hunger.

His efforts will culminate in an assembly line packing event organized by the Center for Food Action (CFA) at his school, Abraham Lincoln Elementary in Wyckoff.

Jake got his idea to make a difference after watching a video clip on Facebook from The Ellen Show that had gone viral. It featured North Carolina teacher Michael Bonner who spoke about how hard it was for kids in his district to focus in class when they are hungry.  Jake recalls, “Even though I am only nine years old I knew I could make a difference so I just tried my best. Sometimes you just need one person with a good idea to get things going.”

Jake’s mom, Caren Scoropanos, reached out to CFA to learn more about the Weekend Snack Pack Program. CFA provides weekend snack packs to students in ten areas elementary schools who receive free or reduced-price school meals during the week, but who are often left without adequate nutrition on the weekends and holidays.

We are extraordinarily grateful to see our community come together to support frontline care team members in the last several months. Through your generosity, more than 150,000 meals from local restaurants were donated to help power our team through the height of the COVID-19 crisis. As we begin to move forward, our locations will no longer be accepting food donations—but we ask that you keep that generous spirit alive.

We encourage you to instead direct your financial donations to Center for Food Action’s Give a Meal Program to help those going hungry within our communities. Together, we can curb hunger, help local restaurants, and make a difference for families in need.

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