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Helping students that rely on free and reduced breakfast and lunch

I would be able to help make the food or pay for the cost of the food so that people will not go hungry during this pandemic.

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  • Student

Tell us about your idea

My idea is to have school open for certain times for lunch with fewer people working in the cafeteria to support the people that use the free food pass. This will ensure that no one is going hungry during this time and they can at least have lunch for free. This will work like a drive through to make sure everyone is safe. The student will either have to make an order or call the school to schedule the pick up. 

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

I feel like the schools should be using more of the technology to make school more effective. This will make it possible for our school to be shorter and even if this causes us to have more homework this will make it easier for the athletes to practice if their sport is outdoor.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I am Issa Kuwahara and I am a sophomore at GBN. I was inspired to share this idea since I was talking to my parents and I realized the economical impact some family can have because of Covid-19. Some families might have lost their jobs and a lot of people are losing a lot of money. This might cause some kids to go hungry because of this which is unacceptable.  

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

I live in Northbrook IL. which is 40 minutes from Chicago. This community is usually well-off compared to other communities in the country.

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Hi, Issa Kuwahara - I'm Rachel, one of the Community Coaches. Your post really spoke to me, as it was clear to see the level of compassion you have for those struggling with food insecurity. You have a big heart and are proposing a solution that can be achieved. This article highlights a few different stories of how different schools are providing school breakfasts/lunches during this time: https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2020/4/17/21220016/school-lunch-coronavirus-meal-programs

Really interested in what you mentioned about schools using technology more effectively to shorten the school day for students. I would love to hear any ideas you have to improve this experience for you and your classmates! Thanks again for posting and best of luck as you finish sophomore year.