LESA Education Project collecting food items for needy students over winter break

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Children who are homeless often have a number of challenges that can cause disruptions to their education. The McKinney-Vento Act is in place to support students who are homeless, living in temporary situations, or might be in transition of housing.

To combat these challenges, the Livingston Educational Service Agency (LESA) developed The Education Project. This project strives to support student needs and reduce the impact of homelessness. Throughout the school year, students considered McKinney-Vento eligible are able to receive free and reduced breakfast and lunch, which means students have the opportunity to eat at least two meals a day, five days a week. Affording food can be costly, especially for a family with a limited income.

Every winter break, The Education Project has a snack pack donation drive to help supplement the meals students would typically be provided at school. The donation drive begins Dec. 2 and runs through Dec. 13. All items can be dropped off at Livingston Educational Service Agency, 1425 W. Grand River Ave. in Howell between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The snack packs will be distributed to each student eligible for McKinney-Vento services.

Snack pack items include but are not limited to:

Pudding
Fruit Cups
Cracker snacks
Snack size chips
Pretzels
Popcorn
Granola bars
Mini cereal boxes
Oatmeal
Ramen noodles
Soup
Fruit snacks
Juice boxes
Water

For questions, contact Candice Olrich, The Education Project coordinator at (517) 540-6834.

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