Jackson School Breakfast Program needs donations
Like most of the breakfast programs in the city’s public schools, it’s a volunteer effort that gets by on donations of food and money.
The club gets its bread and cereal at no cost, but it buys milk, juice, cheese and peanut butter and paper products, said Carolyn Brandeen, one of the club’s 38 volunteers.
Donations from community members have kept the program going, but as costs increased, the donations haven’t kept up, Brandeen said.
The club rarely puts out a public appeal, but its cash reserve has run low, Brandeen said.
The school sent out a letter last week seeking donations, stating that costs are more than $400 a month.
Some children come just to eat with friends, and they’re welcome to do so, but others are in need, Brandeen said.
“We see kids coming in that can’t eat fast enough and really are hungry,” she said. “They’re not talking. They’re not playing around. They’re just shoveling it in.”
Donations may be sent to: Jackson School Breakfast Program, Jackson Elementary School, 441 Burbank Ave., Janesville, WI 53546.