Snack time at Beaufort Elementary School has never been so much fun and healthy at the same time. On April 25, Food Lion transformed the school's assembly hall into a fresh-food tasting event where 450 students tried an assortment of healthy fruits and vegetables in celebration of the nationwide "Every Kid Healthy Week" initiative.
In addition to the food tasting, Food Lion Feeds fully stocked the new food pantry at the school, the "Snack Shack," which was recently developed as a result of four Eastern Carolina University graduate students studying social work.
As part of their coursework, Holly Clouse, Sheresa Newsome, Tyisha Teel and Lacy Salter were challenged to create a sustainable program to help solve a social issue within their community. Teel's daughter, a student at Beaufort Elementary School, noticed many of her classmates came to school without food to eat and wanted to do something to help. So the ECU students decided to tackle student hunger and open the school's very first pantry.
"We feel so fortunate to live in a community in which these great partnerships, like Food Lion's, are possible," said Clouse. "Our hope is that this connection will bring a positive change in the lives of Beaufort Elementary School students and reduce the stigma for children who come to school hungry."
After a fun pep rally filled with cheering and health-food games, the students could not wait to try various fruits and vegetables for the first time and try other foods, now available to them, through the "Snack Shack."