By Foundation for Edmonds School District | Press Release

LYNNWOOD, WA – The Foundation for Edmonds School District announced today that it has been awarded a $5,000 Neighborhood Grant by the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation, an organization dedicated to nutrition education and fresh food access. The Foundation for Edmonds School District is one of only 120 organizations across 23 states, where Sprouts currently operates, to receive this award. Grants have been allocated to organizations addressing local issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding from the grant will benefit the Nourishing Network, a Foundation initiative that was created in partnership with and at the request of the Edmonds School District to provide meals and services to hungry and homeless students and their families. Programs include Weekend Meal Kits, Summer Meals Program, Pop-Up Pantries, home meal deliveries, and holiday meals.

Almost 33 percent of students in the Edmonds School District are eligible for free or reduced lunch and an estimated 600 will experience homelessness during the school year, with the potential for even more students affected by the pandemic. Through the Nourishing Network, the Foundation provides critical and urgent food services to students experiencing the effects of homelessness, parental unemployment, financial instability, and persistent poverty, particularly in light of the pandemic.

The Edmonds School District is Snohomish County’s largest public school district, serving more than 21,000 students across 35 campuses. Boundaries span five communities including Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Brier and part of Bothell.

For 36 years, the Foundation for Edmonds School District has worked in partnership with the District to ensure that every student has the resources to learn, thrive and contribute to our vibrant community. With an all-volunteer board and active community participants, the Foundation provides supplemental funding to support students, families, and educators in the pursuit of educational excellence. www.foundationesd.org

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