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Nov 30, 2021

Ranney School Partners with Lunch Break to Tackle Food Insecurity

On Nov. 3, Ranney students from all three divisions, ages 3 through grade 12, worked together to assemble 20,000 meals in a school-wide community engagement initiative to support Lunch Break and tackle the problem of food insecurity in the area. 

Leading up to this event, Lunch Break and a team of cross-divisional Ranney faculty partnered to develop and deliver a curriculum to help students understand the problem of food insecurity and elevate students’ understanding and engagement around effective community impact. A Lunch Break team visited Ranney’s campus on Oct. 21 to speak with each of the three divisions. Lunch Break explained the difference between hunger and food insecurity, and discussed the many causes of food insecurity. The discussions also touched on ways in which students could get involved. With older students, Lunch Break team members talked about youth homelessness. The presentation included dismantling preconceived notions of what homelessness looks like.

In November 2019, Ranney students, faculty and parents packaged 16,000 meals to support Philabundance in Philadelphia.  This year, Ranney’s goal was to assemble 20,000 meals to support Lunch Break. Ranney is proud to once again partner with Philadelphia-based Kids Against Hunger to purchase the meal ingredients and set up the assembly-line. 

Red Bank-based Lunch Break provides life’s necessities of food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to the financially insecure individuals and families in Monmouth County and beyond.