"They're so hungry when they come back," said Kelley Kostamo, partnership coordinator for Alachua County Public Schools.
"They eat all their breakfast that entire week."
The holiday break may seem like a relief to some, but to the children on the free or reduced lunch plans at Alachua County schools, it can mean more than two weeks without the guaranteed breakfast and lunch. Kostamo
put UF's Center for Leadership and Service
in touch with ACPS
this year to collect food for Lake Forest, Myra Terwilliger Elementary School, M.K. Rawlings Elementary School and Sidney Lanier-Anchor School
The organization plans to collect at least 40 baskets to distribute at Lake Forest
, Terwilliger and Rawlings, along with a bag for each of the 50 students at Lanier-Anchor
, a magnet school for children in transient families.The food is due to the Center for Leadership and Service
The program started last year, when Kostamo
encouraged the mentors of Project MASCOT to collect food for Lake Forest
, where 98 percent of pupils are on free or reduced lunch plans, she