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.”
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.
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.