Published: Nov 26, 2013 11:28 PM EST
Updated: Nov 27, 2013 2:46 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. -The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools  provided hundreds of meals for qualifying families from Dr. Carrie D. Robinson Littleton Elementary School over the Thanksgiving holiday, by purchasing and distributing food from the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

More than 70 percent of Lee County District School students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and all students are entitled to free breakfast in our District schools.  Many children rely on the two meals a day they receive at school.  Almost 90% of students from Littleton Elementary receive free or reduced lunch, in addition to free breakfast.  Without these meals, the five-day holiday break will leave many children hungry.

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools plans to host four distribution dates, in November, December, March and April, to make certain these students and their families have enough to eat during school breaks.

"This is the second occasion The Foundation has worked with a District School through our Food for Thought program. It is very rewarding to help ensure our students have the nutrition necessary to be prepared to achieve at their fullest potential," said Marshall T. Bower, President and CEO of The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. "Involved and concerned Board Members such as Mr. Crawford and Mr. Mitchell are an inspiration to all of us."

To help provide meals for these students, and work to expand this program to include more schools, please contact Michelle@LeeSchoolFoundation.org to become a Food For Thought Sponsor.