Project N.O.W. (Nutrition on Weekends) is a program that supports Highline Public School students who are food insecure. At the elementary and middle school level, it provides students with a free backpack full of food to take home for the weekend—all school year.
Recent studies have demonstrated that nutrition affects students’ thinking skills, behavior, and health, all factors that impact academic performance. Research suggests…nutritional deficiencies early in life can affect the cognitive development of school-aged children, and access to nutrition improves students’ cognition, concentration, and energy levels. (Wilder Research, January 2014).
While nearly two-thirds of our students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch which gives them access to breakfast and lunch on school days, we know that many of our students lack nutritional meals on the weekends and on extended holiday breaks. That is why we started Project N.O.W. (Nutrition on Weekends) to ensure that our students have adequate healthy, easy-to-prepare meals on the weekends. The program launched in 2014 with one school and now serves five elementary schools plus a middle school and high school.
At the elementary and secondary level, a weekend’s supply of food is sent home with students each Friday in a backpack. The empty backpack is returned on Monday, and the process repeats itself each week. At the high school level, a food pantry is set up where students can access food to be eaten either at school or can be taken home at night.
Additionally, funds from Project N.O.W. are used to help students who run out of funds in their accounts at school so that they can eat during the day.
Our Goal: Project N.O.W.’s goal is to prevent as many Highline students as possible from going hungry over the weekend when school-provided meals aren’t an option. Costs for a year’s supply of weekend food is estimated at $200 per student, however, the Highline Area Food Bank supports 50% of the cost of the program. Therefore, the Highline Schools Foundation is able to supply a student with a year’s worth of backpacks for just $100. We are actively raising funds for Project N.O.W. to expand the program into the north and south ends of our district.
Opportunities for Support
We invite businesses, organizations and individuals to support this critical program at the following levels. All sponsors will receive recognition in printed and online materials, press releases, and social media.
|Lead Program Sponsor – $2,500
This level of support helps 25 students in need get weekend food for an entire school year.Corporate Sponsor – $1,000
Provides weekend food for 10 students in need for the entire school year.
Community Sponsor – $500
Sponsor a Student – $100
Lead Program sponsor:
Stuart Steadman, Realtor®
- To make a donation to Project N.O.W. through PayPal, click the “To Donate” graphic above, and enter the amount you would like to donate in the box under “Donation Amount.”
- On the left side of the page, click on the “Continue” button under Don’t have a PayPal account? (Or you can log in to your PayPal account, if you have one and wish to continue that way.)
- After you enter your information, click on the “Review and Continue” button at the bottom of the page.
On the review page, enter Project N.O.W. in the “Any special instructions?” box.
- Click on the “Donate $ Now” button and you’re done!
By Mail: Please make your check payable to Highline Schools Foundation with Project N.O.W. in the memo line and mail to:
15675 Ambaum Blvd SW
Burien, WA 98166