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FTFF addresses HISD School Board

Speaking to HISD Board of Education.
On November 14th, FTFF Founder Kenny Thompson addressed the HISD Board of Education on the serving of alternative lunches in the remaining 114 schools in the district that did not qualify this year under the new CEP Program. We will continue to help work towards a speedy solution. Education, Nutrition, Performance!
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FTFF Visits Condit Elementary in HISD

On November 13th the Lunch Angel–Kenny Thompson–on behalf of FTFF, made a visit to Condit Elementary in HISD. It was truly an amazing visit with Principal Dan Greenberg and his staff. FTFF made a donation to the school to help with hot, healthy lunches for its students. The Cats are in good hands at Condit! Principal Greenberg and his staff will only serve full, hot, healthy nutritious lunches to their students! You guys rock! Go Cats!
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Here’s what FTFF has been up to!

Oates Elementary Eagles (HISD)
On October 23rd, FTFF made a visit to Oates Elementary in HISD and met with Principal Isabel Palacios. She truly understands what it means to do the best for her students. We made a donation to the school to help feed her students for the entire school year with no mention of an alternative lunch! We salute the principal and staff at Oates Elementary for caring for our kids. It is truly a school where Eagles can soar to great heights! Go Eagles!

Visit to Garfield Gators
On October 24th the Lunch Angel made his way to Pasadena ISD to meet with Principal Courtney Merilatt at the home of the Garfield Elementary Gators. FTFF made a donation to the school with the agreement that her students would be eating nutritious, well-balanced lunches the remainder of the school year. No more alternative lunches to be served! The Gators are in good care with this awesome principal and her amazing staff. Eat ‘em up Gators!

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Spring Branch makes donating easy.
On October 21st, FTFF made donations to 2 SBISD schools–Frostwood and Valley Oaks Elementary Schools–through the Lunch Buddies program on the Education Foundation’s website. It was easy and fast. Thanks SBISD for making this possible!

FTFF visits Harby Jr. High in Alvin, TX

FTFF makes a visit to Harby Junior High School in Alvin ISD, Texas. After hearing that the Principal pays off the outstanding lunch account balances for her students at the end of the school year, we had to get involved. We made contact with the school and support its efforts for doing the best for its students. A donation was made to help get the students through the end of the year without lunch worries. What an amazing principal and staff! Just as amazing was the appreciation exhibited by the students. Go hawks! It was a pleasure spending time with all of you at Harby. Thanks for taking a stand for our future. . . our kids!

Harby Jr. High, Alvin, TX
Harby Jr. High, Alvin, TX

A busy month for FTFF! Here’s what we have been up to:

Brookdale Plaza Galleria
FTFF would like to thank all of the residents and staff at Brookdale Plaza Galleria for their generous donation to help feed the students in our area. We had a great time visiting with the residents and staff of this amazing community. We at FTFF are continually humbled by the generosity and caring from our community. We continue our mission with a deep passion in hopes of a permanent solution for all our students, everywhere! These students are our future. We can do better…No child left behind in the lunch line!
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Way to go Dylan!
An elementary student in Spring Branch raises over $300 to help take care of his classmates’ negative lunch accounts. FTFF will donate the monies he raised to Spring Branch Education Foundation–Lunch Buddies. This was a little something he wanted to do as part of his Birthday! What an amazing young man! We applaud you Dylan (as well as your incredible parents)! Thanks Lunch Angels!

A Busy Month for FTFF!
We continue to be in talks with districts and schools in our area. Our founder, Kenny Thompson, was a panelist of the School Nutrition Association’s national Webinar on October 1st, 2014. All around the country this is still a hot topic! Finding a solution on how to take care of feeding our students is critical. We look forward to a permanent solution. No child should be left behind in the lunch line!

Wow! Look what HISD has done!

What a way to kick off the new school year. HISD has taken a huge step in eliminating the alternative lunch option for the district! FTFF talked to our friends in the district to extend its Congratulations! HISD is excited, as it should be. FTFF shares that excitement and looks forward to the entire district becoming alternative lunch free! The district still has roughly 120 schools that may need assistance. FTFF will continue discussions with our friends at HISD to see how it may be of help. All for lunch. . ., lunch for all!

http://m.click2houston.com/news/back-to-school-hisd-offers-free-lunches-for-students-starting-in-2014/27608898

Summer Safety Celebration a Success!

We want to start off by saying thank you to Tiffany Thompson for putting together the event. What a great event! We want to give a huge shout out to the co-sponsors, The Emergency Room at Katy Main Street, Chick-fil-A, Alicia’s Mexican Grill, and HEB! Everyone enjoyed the event.

FTFF would also like to send a big thank you to all who attended the celebration. There were lots of things to do at the event—an afternoon of fun along with important child safety information was available. FTFF was proud to be a part of it all, and it looks forward to next year’s event. FTFF received $375 thanks to Chick-fil-A and The Emergency Room at Katy Main Street, all of which will go to Katy ISD schools! Congratulations to the drawing winners: Nancy Ferguson—TUTS tickets to Victor/Victoria; Angel Garcia—bicycle and helmet; Willie Ferguson—bicycle and helmet; and Oscar Gonzalez—Johnny Carino’s gift card. With school around the corner, FTFF is excited to continue our mission!

School is out for the summer. Fun(d)raising is in!

How can it not be fun raising money for our underprivileged students in our area?! We have our 1st fun(d)raiser this Saturday, June 28th in Katy. See the flyer for more information. If you are unable to attend, please be a lunch angel and donate via our website or by mail at P.O. Box 79722, Houston, TX 77279-9722. Please tell your all your family and friends and let’s make a splash when school starts in August!

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BREAKING NEWS!!! We have reached the top of the food chain!

OMG! We did it! Never in our wildest dreams did we think we could impact so many kids in such a short amount of time. We have taken on this journey to help needy kids, and we stand committed to continuing our mission. Our kids are our future and our responsibility. We can and will do better with the nutritional program as it is a vital part of how successful our kids are in the classroom. We are truly blessed to have traveled this far and to have impacted so many kids. Thanks again to all of our angels!

Can you believe what we’ve accomplished? We have effectively impacted over 35,000 kids in Spring Branch ISD and over 110,000 kids in Cy-Fair ISD (the 3rd largest district in our state!). Do the math! That’s right, over 145,000 kids! Both of these districts have set up district wide programs to completely eliminate the alternative lunch option. Now we have the opportunity to make an impact in our state’s largest district, Houston ISD. Along with the help of our community and district officials, perhaps we can make a permanent change to end this madness. All of our children should be able to sit together, learn together, and EAT together.

It’s been just over 100 Days, and now we are reaching out and helping the kids in our state’s largest district! Amazing! Feed the Future Forward and the Houston Independent School District have been in discussions for several weeks on how to help the kids eat a healthy, hearty fare with no alternative lunch options. We are extremely excited and honored to be given the green light to go into the district to help our needy students eat healthy.

On May 12th, FTFF made a visit to Briarmeadow Charter School. We met with Principal Peter Heinze. FTFF made a donation to the school that cleared the negative lunch balances with money left over to feed all of the needy kids for the remainder of the school year with no alternative lunches served! A handshake sealed the deal with an agreement to carry on this program at the beginning of the next school year! Hurray! Thank you Mr. Heinze and Briarmeadow! Then on May 13th, FTFF visited another HISD school, Piney-Point Elementary and Principal, Bobbie Swaby. FTFF made a donation to the school clearing the negative lunch balances with money to feed the kids for the remainder of the year with no alternative lunches served. Awesome! Next, on May 15th, we visited Pilgrim Academy and Principal Diana Castillo. A donation was made to help those students with negative lunch balances. There are never any alternative lunches served at Pilgrim Academy. Way to go Diana! Finally, on Friday, May 16th, we met with Assistant Principal Mr. Hale and the wonderful staff at Paige Elementary. FTFF paid off all negative balances and made a donation to feed all students a hot lunch through the end of the school year. Again, no alternative lunches served. We paid out $1,750 to these 4 schools. We are grateful to have this opportunity to help these students. We had an amazing experience with these schools this week. HISD has some wonderful folks working in their schools as well as in their district offices.

This is just a small step in the right direction in our state’s largest school district, 8th largest in our country, to eliminate the alternative lunch program, and maybe, just maybe, we can stop this nonsense around our country. This can become a reality in the great state of Texas. Thank you HISD for this opportunity! We look forward to working with your district very soon.

A great BIG thank you to all of our angels for your continued support. All for lunch. . . Lunch for all!

Ms. Ana Lobos, Cafeteria Manager at Pilgrim Academy, HISD & Kenny Thompson

Ms. Ana Lobos, Cafeteria Manager at Pilgrim Academy, HISD & Kenny Thompson

From ‘Lunch Angel’ to ‘Lunch Super Hero’

Feed the Future Forward is extremely proud to be a part of the innovative changes at Cy-Fair school district. Kenny Thompson was at the Cy-Fair ISD Food Production Center on April 17th to help start the ‘Lunch Super Hero Account’ with the goal of dissolving the alternative lunch program. Cy-Fair’s the 3rd largest district in Texas and the 25th largest in the country. This program affects 110,000 students. At the start of school Monday, April 21, no alternative lunches will be served. Along with Spring Branch with its 35,000 students, FTFF and our supporters have now had an impact on 145,000 students in our area in less than 90 days!

‘Lunch Super Hero Account’ to dissolve alternative lunch program!

April 17, 2014—Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, through the partnership of Feed the Future Forward, Cy-Hope and the Cy-Fair School Food Service Association, unveiled the CFISD Lunch Super Hero Account on Thursday at the CFISD Food Production Center with the goal of dissolving the alternative lunch program.
The Lunch Super Hero Account was established following donations by Feed the Future Forward founder Kenny Thompson (the “lunch angel”) to CFISD elementary schools throughout February and March.
After meeting with Thompson to explore options to maximize donation efforts districtwide, CFISD director of food service Darin Crawford and assistant superintendent of support services Matt Morgan formed a partnership to establish a central account for CFISD students who have exceeded the credit limit on their lunch account.
District partner Cy-Hope, whose mission is to make life better for all students in CFISD, volunteered to facilitate donation efforts, and the Lunch Super Hero Account was established.
During the launch announcement on Thursday, Thompson offered to kick off the account with a $1,000 donation.
“I am incredibly thrilled to partner with Cypress-Fairbanks ISD as the first school district to take this step with its own ‘Lunch Super Hero Account,’ Thompson said. “I am so honored to have a district of the size and scope of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD helping fulfill our mission of ‘All for Lunch! Lunch for All!’”
The Cy-Fair School Food Service Association—an organization for school nutrition employees—agreed to double it with a $2,000 donation provided by president Diana Silva.
Godfrey Hubert, Cy-Hope Board of Directors vice president, announced the organization’s commitment to the program, which he said will complement Cy-Hope’s Backpack Program. The program, in which volunteers stuff backpacks full of food and other necessities for less-fortunate families in the community, feeds more than 2,000 students at 72 schools every weekend.
“Kenny, we’re going to be there for you and for the school district, Hubert said. “We will partner with you in a substantive way. I am glad there is one more barrier being taken down between the haves and the have-nots. We’re thrilled to partner with you and with the school district, and we’re going to do some great work.”
Community members who wish to donate to the Lunch Super Hero Account can do so at http://www.cfisd.net/dept2/food/LunchHero.htm. Donors will follow a link to the Cy-Hope donation form, where they can specify their donation amount under the “Provide lunch for Super Heroes” field.
Donations can also be made in person at the Food Production Center (11355 Perry Road) or at any CFISD cafeteria by indicating you would like to be a “Super Hero.”
Board member Tom Jackson, who attended the event, praised Thompson for his dedication to students while celebrating the announcement.
“I am very pleased to meet Kenny Thompson after reading about all the good works he has been doing on behalf of the children of our district,” Jackson said. “But I’m even more thrilled to hear about this partnership between these three groups, truly addressing the needs of our children at lunch time. As Godfrey said, it is very difficult for our children to learn when they are hungry, and this addresses that concern.”Crawford closed out the historic day by thanking the CFISD administration for a smooth transition to launch the account.
“This is a big step we’re making,” he said. “I think it will be a model for other school districts. When we presented it, it was something not very many people are doing. But nobody batted an eye. We had support at every level. Thank you for that support. I think, with that, we’re going to do great things.”

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Godfrey Hubert, left, vice president of the Cy-Hope Board of Directors, shakes hands with Kenny Thompson of Feed the Future Forward to signify a new partnership with the Lunch Super Hero Account.

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Kenny Thompson of Feed the Future Forward presents a $1,000 check from his organization to Darin Crawford, director of food service, to help launch the Lunch Super Hero Account in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.

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Representatives from CFISD, Feed the Future Forward and Cy-Hope applaud Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations, as she kicks off the press conference for the Lunch Super Hero Account on Thursday at the CFISD Food Production Center.

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