In the Fond du Lac community alone, it’s shocking to learn that out of 7,300 students attending the city’s public school system, 3,585, or 49%, are eligible for free or reduced lunch for the 20103-2014 school year.
That number continues to grow not just locally, but throughout Wisconsin’s public schools. Recent statistics reported by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction indicate low-income school populations have risen sharply. Nearly four out of every 10 elementary students qualify for help.
That means 292,000 students in the state fell into this category in 2010.
Poverty on the rise — facing the facts:
Studies have proven hunger affects a child’s ability to concentrate and learn.
That dilemma was on the minds of the Board of Directors of the Fondy Food Pantry when its members discussed ways the non-profit organization could reach out to the community, specifically to address the needs of low-income children.