When families no longer have to choose between food on the table and a roof overhead, our entire community wins.
Our Fuel Your Future work aims to connect kids to nutritious food—during the school year and beyond.
Breakfast in Schools. We know kids who are hungry have a hard time concentrating. Through the Breakfast Challenge, we partner with Sounders FC, Seattle Seahawks and No Kid Hungry Campaign to get kids in public schools easy access to school breakfast. We also work with legislators to make Breakfast After the Bell something that happens in all schools. Our team makes it fun for kids and easy for schools. The result? Kids are fueled and ready to learn.
Summer Meals. We know that summer time can put an added strain on low-income families whose kids receive free and reduced-price lunches during the school year. To help ease the burden—and bring nutritious options to families near their homes—we provide meals and fun learning activities at more than 125 sites throughout King County each summer. Leveraging untapped federal dollars and a generous grant from No Kid Hungry, we make donor dollars go further.
How It Works
More than 12% of King County students live in poverty. When families are forced to make choices between food on the table or keeping the lights on, kids often go without. Fuel Your Future levels the playing field by increasing access to healthy foods.
Making healthy breakfast fun. We work with schools to make breakfast part of the school day—just like lunch—and with Sounders FC to make it fun for kids. Schools compete for prizes based on how many kids eat breakfast.
Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps members in schools. In nine of the lowest-income schools, we have teams of two working double time to help teachers and kids navigate new habits and reap the benefits of breakfast, afterschool suppers, and nutrition education in schools.
Free food and fun in the summer. Teams of AmeriCorps VISTAs serve meals and lead activities at sites throughout the county. Street teams help get the word out to thousands of families working to make ends meet.
Video credit: Tacoma Public Schools
Success to Date
1,000+ students receive breakfast and after-school supper each day. Our Fuel Your Future AmeriCorps members have been hard at work implementing Breakfast After the Bell and launching after-school supper programs throughout King County—including Showalter Middle School in Tukwila, Olympic Middle School in Auburn and Cedarhurst Elementary in Burien.
561,218 summer meals. Last year we served hundreds of thousands of free meals throughout the county—making it easy for kids to access nutritious food outside of the school year.
With your help, we’ll alleviate poverty for 50,000 families.