(Savannah, Ga)- Students and staff at schools across the district have collected hundreds of canned and dried goods to help families in need this Thanksgiving.
According to the Savannah Chatham County Public School system, it’s a first time collaborative effort between SCCPSS Campus Police and school social workers within the Division of Student Affairs.
Dr. Quentina Miller-Fields of SCCPSS Student Affairs says they’re trying to make sure families have food during the holidays. “If we can feed our families during the holidays, our students will come to school,” Miller says. “We just try to meet every need of our families where we can.”
Collection boxes were placed in every school. Social workers helped resource officers identify five families they felt could use the assistance. Organizers say the bins were only in the schools for a week and a half- but students and staff responded in a big way – providing far more than they needed.
The additional food items will be used to supplement the ‘Backpack Buddies’ program which sends food home with hundreds of SCCPSS students each week.
Organizers hope to distribute the food the families in need today.