St. James School and Di Bruno Bros. have teamed up to confront the health challenges facing families in underresourced urban neighborhoods. For many families, the only affordable food options are salty, fatty, or processed food with little nutritional value.
St. James School’s kitchen is small, outdated, and can only warm food, which limits our ability to provide fresh healthy meals to students. And with most students having four meals a day at St. James School, we know we can do a better job feeding and educating our students.
In underresourced communities like Allegheny West, it is difficult for families to find and afford healthy food. Fast food and junk food is cheaper and available at every turn.
- Nutritious food costs 10 times more than junk food
- Families are buying cheaper, less nutritious food or cutting meals entirely
- 70% of children in North Philadelphia are overweight or obese
- Poverty is one of the leading causes of Type-II diabetes
This new kitchen will provide:
- Fresher/healthier meals for students
- A space for food education (cooking and healthy eating)
- Food Resource Center: distributing food and meals to student homes in need
- A valuable resource for the entire community
“My teachers tell me that if I eat better my brain will work better.”
– Semaj, 5th Grade
“Some kids don’t have food at home. With a new kitchen, we can make sure to feed them enough so they won’t be hungry at home.”
– Salaam, 5th Grade
“We need meals with more protein for our brains so we can learn more.”
– Cordell, 7th Grade