Thanks to You, Children Can Follow Their Dreams
Every time you make a gift to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, you’re not just helping provide food — you’re changing lives. In Aairionn’s case, you’re setting the foundation for a bright and successful future.
When 7-year-old Aairionn — a first-grader at Fullerton Elementary — grows up, he hopes to be a doctor. He says he wants to pursue medicine because he cares about the well-being of others.
“I want to be able to help people stop being sick,” he says.
To reach this goal, Aairionn knows he’ll need to study hard. But it can be tough to concentrate in class when he doesn’t get enough to eat. If it weren’t for your partnership, Aairionn would be at risk of missing meals when he goes home at the end of the week.
Because of your support, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank is able to partner with Aairionn’s school through BackPacks for Kids — a critical tool in the fight against childhood hunger. Through the program, Aairionn receives plenty of nutritious, kid-friendly food to take home each Friday afternoon.
Sharra Wimberly, the social worker who coordinates the program, says the weekly backpacks bring stability to children whose financial situations are often uncertain. At Fullerton, 100 percent of students participate in the free and reduced-price meal program. Sharra knows BackPacks for Kids helps a lot of families — especially at the end of the month.
Aairionn loves the food in his backpack — he says his favorite item is the sunflower seeds. And, knowing that you’re watching out for him and his family means a lot to Aairionn. Before he heads home with today’s bag of food, he expresses his gratitude for you.
“Thanks!” Aairionn says. “The food is helpful to my family.”