With enrollment holding at 88 students, Clark Fork High School recently lost its district-funded hot lunch program. Instead of a hot lunch like other schools, sack lunches are prepared off-site and transported to the school two times a week and held until their distribution day. No breakfast options are currently offered.
This decision affects both families who rely on the subsidized lunch program’s nutrition, as well as families who like the convenience of sending their kids with money for a hot lunch.
Thankfully, some parents and supportive community members are working to bridge the gap. Parents like Angela Wolfe of Clark Fork are taking it upon themselves to make sure a hot meal is provided to the students. She has met with Super 1 Foods in Sandpoint and has agreed to purchase all food there for the hot lunches she prepares. She is currently paying for all the groceries herself. If you would like to donate monetarily towards her goal of five hot lunches for kids every week, Super 1 has agreed to hold her receipts so anyone who wants to donate a gift card towards the grocery bill can see where their money is being spent. With enrollment holding at 88 students, Clark Fork High School recently lost its district-funded hot lunch program. Instead of a hot lunch like other schools, sack lunches are prepared off-site and transported to the school two times a week and held until their distribution day. No breakfast options are currently offered.
The Filling Station Christian Youth Center in Clark Fork has been serving meals after school from their commercial kitchen ever since the meal program was cut in October. After school the kids flock to the Filling Station to fill their stomachs and hang out with friends. Upwards of 60 kids are served meals at the Filling Station, approximately three times the amount that were partaking when hot lunch was served at the school. Donations for meals there can be made directly to the Filling Station via their website: www.fillingstationyouth.com.
Anonymous donors have left money with the school to purchase things like granola bars and hot chocolate for the kids who come in for the “Chill Out” tutoring program. Kids needing extra help with homework can come in at regular morning times and have a snack and something to drink while nailing down classroom concepts. Money donated directly to the school will likely be applied to snacks for this worthwhile morning program, which has turned tutoring into a positive experience for many CFHS students.
At a recent levy meeting at Clark Fork High School, the superintendent was questioned about the hot lunch program. The levy passing or failing will have no impact on bringing back the hot lunch program at Clark Fork High School. Instead, enrollment has to be able to support the expenditure of hot lunch. Things will likely remain as they are out at Clark Fork until enrollment is up and they can viably support the hot lunch program again. Until then, they will continue to get by with a little help from their friends.