A few years ago, a Berkley High School student had a big idea. In her freshman year she observed the generous outpouring of community support during the holiday season. Programs like Caring and Sharing and Holiday Family Adoption seemed to have the powerful effect of bringing the community together to anonymously support their neighbors and classmates.
She realized, however, that hard times for families don’t only occur at the holidays. In fact, they seemed to be much more random and often due to the unforeseen setbacks in life: unexpected layoffs, failed furnaces, car troubles, flooded basements and every, other troubling circumstance families find themselves in. Out of this realization, she felt compelled to create something that could provide a consistent and year-round assistance for families in our District. Therefore, through much effort, planning and coordination with her Counselor, they formed The Berkley Digital Food Bank.
Since 2018, The Berkley Digital Food Bank has been accepting donations from members of the community and beyond. With those generous donations, we then purchase gift cards redeemable for food and groceries. Berkley High School Counselors then discreetly distribute these gift cards to identified students and families needing support. While the student whose idea is behind The Berkley Digital Food Bank is about to graduate, and another student will work to fill her role, we do not want the program to go away.
Without community support, however, The Berkley Digital Food Bank could not be possible. Your generous donations provide us with the continual funds that help our District families in their time of need. Thank you for donating!
- Linda Kern
- Dean Perreman
- Elizabeth O Capuano
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