Empire Health Foundation is working in conjunction with Second Harvest, At the Core, and Glover Middle School to pilot Bite2Go XL at Glover Middle School. Bite2Go is a school based food program that provides students who are hungry with food to take home over the weekend. According to At the Core and Second Harvest, an estimated 2,000 middle and high school students across Spokane County school districts don't know if they will have enough to eat when they leave school for the weekend. Bite2Go XL is an innovative answer to middle and high school student hunger.
To make Bite2Go possible, organizations, businesses and churches in the community "adopt" a local school. By adopting a school, the organization is financially sponsoring the cost to feed participating kids for the school year, and volunteering staff time to get food into kids' hands. So far, elementary schools in 8 districts across Spokane County have been adopted, as well as Lewis and Clark, Mead, and Mt. Spokane High Schools.
By adopting Glover Middle School, the EHF family is supporting the first middle school Bite2Go program in our region. We are excited by the opportunity to work collaboratively with our partners to create a model that can be replicated for other area middle schools.
On February 15, Empire Health Foundation employees were invited to volunteer at Second Harvest's VIP Build Event to help package food for Bite2Go programs in Spokane elementary schools.
The mission of middle and high school Bite2Go is to empower and equip students to help feed peers at their school who are hungry by providing fulfilling meals over the weekend. This is accomplished with the guiding values of dignity, respect, and discretion.