Several early winter mornings I would sit on the floor in front of the TV, still wearing my pajamas, and stare at the screen in hopes the Channel 4 “Snow Bird” (a penguin puppet who announced school closings) would mention Williamson County. When it did, I’d start my day’s activities of playing in the snow, watching more TV and eating at home.
Once coming in from building snowmen, snow forts and the snowball fights that destroyed them both, I would come in ready to eat. One of my favorite lunches at home during snow days was a few hot dogs and the entire blue box (single serving to a pre-teen) of Mac and Cheese. Even today, if it work is out due to inclement weather, I still crave those dogs and cheese-ish macaroni.
An often overlooked circumstance of snow days is that when school is out, lunch isn’t served. For many children, a snow day is bittersweet – it’s a day free of school but also a day free of food. The children who rely on school meals get to have neither hot dogs nor mac and cheese. Many of the children are stuck at home – a home where hunger dwells.
This gap in feeding hungry children is what “Snow Food” addresses. Many communities do a great job of feeding children who need food at home during weekends and summer break, but little is in place to help children eat on days school is unexpectedly closed for inclement weather.
Snow Food is the name we have given to an inclement weather feeding project Out Hunger is pioneering with hopes of replicating it around the nation. This service relies on volunteers and is designed to deliver food to children every morning on days school is closed due to inclement weather.