In December the Food Bank’s partnership with All Souls, Partners in Education, Junior League of Tulsa, and Tulsa Public Schools continued with holiday theme school family dinners. Community School Family Dinners are designed to help engage families with their school community in a positive, affirming manner in order to better support their child’s education. Families are treated to dinner and an extra bag of groceries along with fresh produce provided at the end of the night. During such dinners the school can communicate important messages, provide literacy programs and simply make a positive connection or create a fun community event.
“If a parent had a troubled school experience growing up, they are less likely to want to engage at the school now,” said Joe Nurre, Community Resources Bank chair at All Souls. “With these dinners, we are trying to facilitate a positive relationship between schools and families to secure better educational outcomes for students.”
Schools that currently have Community School Dinner programs include Gilcrease Elementary, Penn Elementary, Hawthorne Elementary, and Unity Learning Academy.
The Food Bank works with partners by preparing hot nourishing meals, ready to go. Volunteers from partner organizations pick up the food, deliver to the school, and serve the families. If you have an organization that is ready for a great way to mobilize a volunteer base and make a lasting, positive influence on the lives of families and future community leaders, contact Shiraya Proffitt at 918-936-4558 to set up your initiative.