While our goal is to grow Project SEED throughout the greater Alle-Kiski Valley and beyond, we're starting out in New Kensington-Arnold. It's where our founders have worked as educators, and there's a great need there.
The New Kensington-Arnold School District (NKASD) is located in an economically challenged community in northern Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Over 70% of students receive free or reduced lunches in the NKASD, while the state average is just over 32%. Clearly, there is a real need for nutritional aid in the NKASD. Most alarming is that last year one Grade K-3 elementary school in this district had a staggering 89% of its students qualifying for a free or reduced breakfast and lunch. For the 2014-15 school year, the entire student population will be on the free lunch program. Project SEED will provide weekend food for children in Pre-School, Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 at Martin Elementary and H.D. Berkey Elementary. That number currently stands at 224 students or roughly 38% of the students in those grade levels.
Free and reduced lunch programs are helpful, but they don't cover all of a child's nutritional needs throughout the week. Project SEED will fill the weekend nutritional gap that other programs don't. We need your help--please give what you can today.