Food Bags for Ortiz Middle School
In partnership with The Food Depot, Communities In Schools organizes weekly food distribution programs for students and families at the schools we serve. Last year, Communities In Schools distributed a total of 205,000 meals to students and families.
Every Thursday at Ortiz Middle School, student helpers meet with Site Coordinator, Luis Burrola, to assemble grocery bags filled with staples like milk, eggs, bread, and fruits & vegetables - each bag provides approximately four days of food for a family. This year his program is in more demand, "I see so much more need this year. For several years we would pack an average of 35 bags every Thursday. Now, we've had to increase our order to make 70 bags every week - and some days I still don't have enough." Luis believes the increase in demand is a result of COVID where more families have become food insecure. And while this might mean more hardship for students, Luis makes the most of food distribution days. "This is one way I get to know more kids in our school. When a student knows I am there to help them with food, they often come back later to talk with me or ask for help in school, too."