The back-to-school season is a busy time at Project S.E.E., one of Second Harvest’s many faith-based Partner Agencies. Each August, Cynthia Macon Gordon, the executive director and pastor, oversees an annual event for local students that includes the distribution of uniforms, backpacks and other essentials for the first day of class.
But this is only the start of their year-long service to this community’s most vulnerable students. Cynthia said that one of Project S.E.E.’s main programs is the Kids Cafe, which is provided in partnership with Second Harvest to provide meals, snacks and nutrition education to at-risk children during the school year and summer months.
In her five years at Project S.E.E., Cynthia has seen the impact of your gifts on hundreds of boys and girls who come to the program to receive food and educational services.
Every day of the school year, the students from families with low incomes stop in for a healthy after-school snack and stay for tutoring and mentoring services in science, math, language arts, reading and social studies. On Thursdays, the children are given a hot meal, something that few of them can count on regularly at home. And as the children prepare to leave each evening, Cynthia and the staff at Project S.E.E. make sure each child receives another nutritious snack before they go.
Second Harvest also partners with Project S.E.E. to teach the children healthy eating habits, including how to choose the right foods from the grocery store. Cynthia said that many of the children now make healthier eating choices when they are away from the program.
“You’ll never know the depth of assistance this provides the community,” Cynthia said, expressing her gratitude for your support.
Having access to food is so important to academic success. Your donations provide the children at Project S.E.E. with the nourishment they need until they return to school the next day. Given the many health risks that can come with missing meals, your generosity is doing much more than filling stomachs; it’s keeping students in school instead of at the doctor’s office. Thank you for making a difference in the health of these children.