School Finds Creative Ways to Combat Hunger

Librarian Sheila May-Stein knew she had to do something when a student told her she was starving. The girl confided that other people in her family were eating what little food there was at home, leaving nothing for her.

May-Stein and the other teachers at Pittsburgh Perry Traditional Academy in the city’s Perry Hilltop neighborhood already knew there was a problem with hunger or “food insecurity” in their student body. They also recognized that the small portions in free and reduced school breakfast and lunches weren’t enough for active teenagers. So they got together to come up with some pretty unique and creative solutions (yes, kids even eat in class!).

We got a chance to see how they’re not only feeding students’ bodies, but their minds and souls by creating a community of food.

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