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Board Member

Phone: (541) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: c***@***.org
The Village School
2855 Lincoln St.
Eugene , Oregon 97405
United States

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The Village School - Board of Directors, 23 Jan 2015 [cached]
Chris Hecht Director
Executive Director Chris ..., 1 Aug 2014 [cached]
Executive Director Chris Hecht was interviewed about Breakfast on Hawaii Public Radio's Town Square and The Conversation.
Concerns were expressed for several ..., 19 Aug 2014 [cached]
Concerns were expressed for several students who hadn't eaten prior to being given snacks and how those hungry students cannot be expected to learn or even concentrate for a long school day without proper nutrition, said Chris Hecht, the school's executive director.
For the Kona Pacific staff, breakfast at school was more than food for thought; it was a sustainable solution to helping combat childhood hunger and promote lifelong healthy eating habits. They felt their school was in a unique position in playing a vital role in addressing a solvable problem and a basic human need, as well as making a meaningful impact in their community, Hecht said. Without hesitation and with steadfast passion, Kona Pacific took up this effort, despite its overall funding being down about a third since the school opened six years ago, he added.
The program, which began Monday, is again in partnership with Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, which is providing $24,000 for the start up and development, Hecht said.
This program is also the subject of an academic research study on the benefits of breakfast in the classroom for a range of educational, health and behavioral indices. Kona Pacific will be meticulously analyzing all aspects of the program, including the financial data, with the intention of sharing information with other public schools wanting to adopt similar programs or become ambassadors. Kona Pacific plans write up an official report and disseminate it statewide by April, Hecht said.
Kona Pacific gets on average about $1.70 per student in federal reimbursements, Hecht said.
Kona Pacific anticipates paying between $16,000 and $18,000 a year feeding students breakfast. However, the school hopes to cut the cost in half by working on recipes and buying local food, as well as reducing waste and labor. Meals are prepared 10 miles away in a certified kitchen because the Kealakekua campus doesn't have such a facility, Hecht said.
Besides figuring out the financial part, another challenge is getting locally grown food at affordable prices. Kona Pacific is always looking for local farmers to partner with and anyone wanting to donate food, Hecht said. To get involved, call the school office at 322-4905 or email
Another key partner in this program is Adaptations Inc., a food hub in Kainaliu that sources entirely from local growers. Adaptations will raise the amount of locally grown food being purchased for the school from its current 12 percent to at least 20 percent over the coming year, Hecht said.
Kona Pacific also has plans to revitalize a 14-acre organic farm with the help of seven AmeriCorps volunteers, starting this October, as well as restore 8 acres of the ancient Kona Field System and use traditional cultivation techniques there to produce traditional foods. The food produced will be for the students and the community, Hecht said. These projects are being made possible, thanks to support and funding from the USDA and AmeriCorps, he added.
Kona Pacific Public Charter School [cached]
Executive Director Chris Hecht was interviewed about Breakfast on Hawaii Public Radio's Town Square and The Conversation.
Charter School Profiles | Charter School Administrative Office, 10 April 2008 [cached]
Contact: Chris HechtPO Box 115Kealakekua, HI 96750Tel: 808.895.0962; Fax: 808.324.6058
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