At Red Stick Mom, we are on a journey to continuously learn about the importance of supporting our neighbors in marginalized communities where disparity is far too prevalent, specifically in the black community. We’ve been happy to share in supporting various black-owned local businesses and are having conversations with our kids about race. We want to continue to show support which is why are highlighting local organizations who are working diligently to serve our neighbors of color in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Our hope is to raise awareness about the great work they are already doing and share it with others. We are excited to put the spotlight on an amazing non-profit organization called Three O’Clock Project.
What Does Three O’ Clock Project Do?
Three O’Clock Project is a nonprofit organization that was started by Emily Chatelain, who is passionate about all children having equal access to healthy food. She and her leadership team currently have over 3,000+ kids enrolled in partnership with after school programs and 30 non-profit after school partners to provide 25,000 meals each month to children. Yes, you read that right!
The Three O’Clock Project Mission
Three O’Clock Project’s mission is to provide healthy meals and nutrition education for at-risk students after school and during summer time. As mentioned, they partner with schools, after school organizations, food vendors and local communities to provide healthy meals and education at little to no cost. There is such a great need in our community for what these folks are doing. In addition to what they already do during regular school times and summer, they have been a huge light for many families during this unprecedented time where the Covid-19 pandemic has compromised access to schools where many children typically eat breakfast and lunch.
How Does It Work?
Three O’Clock Project is an approved sponsor to serve meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and also Summer Feeding Program. They will take on the administrative burden of managing this federally funded program and get healthy meals to children in need. A daily snack or supper meal can be delivered directly to your site. Please CONTACT them here to determine your program’s eligibility.
How You Can Support Three O’ Clock Project
Like any non-profit, financial donations are greatly appreciated and go a long way. Your contribution to Three O’clock Project can ensure that children in need receive healthy meals after school. They partner with local, healthy food companies and connect them with nonprofit after school organizations. Every donation means more children reached and additional partnerships, providing healthy meals and snacks to those in need. Please help them grow their reach by a financial or in-kind contribution today by visiting HERE to donate. Every child deserves access to healthy food. A $100 donation provides a healthy snack after school all year for one child and $250 donation provides a healthy after school meal all year for one child. How amazing!