Harry K Foundation Donates to CHSD
The Harry K Foundation has graciously extended a donation to help the students of the Cape Henlopen School District afford breakfast and lunch at school. The donation, which could amount to $25,000 will pay for students who qualify to receive reduced priced meals during the 2018-19 school year. These students will now be able to enjoy their breakfast and lunch at no cost.
The Harry K Foundation is a local organization whose mission it is to make sure children in the community never go to bed hungry. The organization has established food pantries throughout Delaware and also works directly with the Delaware Food Bank to support School Backpack Programs. The foundation has vowed to raise money and donate 100% of the proceeds to help alleviate food insecurity within the community.
In September, the creator of the Foundation, Harry Keswani, reached out to the Cape Henlopen School District Supervisor of Child Nutrition Services, Cheryle Lord-Gordon, to identify areas of need within the District. “I knew our biggest area of need would be our students who qualified for our reduced meal program,” said Lord-Gordon. “School meals for both breakfast and lunch would cost a reduced student $0.70 per day,” Gordon continued. “Recently we identified that we have 206 students that completed the meal benefit form and fall into this category. From there, we did the math with Mr. Keswani and he graciously agreed to donate enough money to cover the breakfasts and lunches for these 206 students. The Foundation has also agreed to help additional students that may be identified as reduced later in the school year.”
In late October, families in the Cape Henlopen School District who completed a meal benefit form and qualified for reduced meals, received a letter from Child Nutrition Services informing them of the Harry K Foundation’s donation. “We are very appreciative of the generosity that The Harry K Foundation has showed our District,” said Bob Fulton, Cape Henlopen School District Superintendent. “We recognize that the only meals some of students may receive are the meals that the school provides, so it’s imperative that none of our students leave hungry. Thanks to the Harry K Foundation for helping to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
For more information on the Harry K Foundation and it’s initiatives, visit their website at harrykfoundation.org/. For more information on the Cape Henlopen School District, visit their website at capehenlopenschools.com.