That is why the mission of Three O’clock Project is so important as it aims to provide students in need with access to healthy meals after school and during the summer months when school is out of session. This mission of empowering kids with healthy food resonates strongly with the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation. To help the organization reach even more children with programming, the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation has awarded Three O’clock Project with a $5,000 Neighborhood Grant in both 2020 and 2021.
The Three O’clock Project works with Title-I schools where 50% or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced priced meals. Once that school bell rings at the end of the day, many of these kids do not have reliable access to meals or snacks. Recognizing that these communities need extra support, Three O’clock Project collaborates with 30 different afterschool programs that provide children with the healthy food they need and deserve, and when school is not in session, the organizations supports summer programs to continue addressing food insecurity all summer long.
Once again, Three O’clock Project was ready to serve. Also prepared to answer the community’s call was Sprouts Farmers Market, Store #691, which donated 15 pallets of fresh fruit, vegetables, nonperishable products, and child-friendly snacks to support the local organization. Three O’clock Project and Sprouts’ store team members packed 2,000 kid-friendly bags that contained healthy fresh food, nonperishables, and other items like games, art supplies, and toys, helping to support children and their families in this crucial time of need.
At the end of the day, when that school bell rings, and in times of great need, the Three O’clock Project will be there to feed and support their community. With this positive force of good, they have continued to create relationships within the neighborhoods they serve while forming new partnerships. This commitment to collaboration and community service is paving the way for even more children to achieve food security.