A recent dinner auction to support the Tukwila Weekend SnackPack Program raised more than $33,000 to support homeless students in the Tukwila School District.
The program – which started in February 2015 – sends a bag of snacks home on Fridays with elementary school children who qualify under the federal McKinney-Vento Act, a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. More than 11 percent of Tukwila students are considered homeless or housing insecure – almost 6 percent higher than the state average.
The inaugural auction was April 28 at the Tukwila Community Center.
“We are overwhelmed by the wonderful support, and now we have enough donations to get us off to a great start for the next school year,” said Jenny McCoy, founder of Still Waters: Services for Families in Transition, a nonprofit which oversees the Weekend SnackPack Program.
The Weekend SnackPack Program provides students with seven weekend meals that they might otherwise go without.
“The students are wonderful kids, they work hard and enjoy life even with the struggles they face,” McCoy said in a media release. “Each Friday when we come to the schools to deliver these meals, we are greeted by excited, friendly faces which confirms that what we are doing is truly important.”
Community members can drop off food donations for the SnackPack Program at Inspirus Credit Union, 5200 Southcenter Blvd. in Tukwila. Inspirus Credit Union supports the district through its various partnerships, such as providing students with weekend meals, donating clothing and school supplies and volunteering in the schools to support students’ educational growth and fun both inside and outside of the classroom.
“We have a great amount of support from our community, and we are so grateful that there are organizations like Still Waters and Inspirus Credit Union, that care about our students futures and who want them to succeed,” Tukwila School District Superintendent Nancy Coogan said in the release.