What's the story?
The story of The Sheridan Story is one of a community response to a direct call for food support from a local elementary school, Sheridan Elementary in Northeast Minneapolis. The story continues today with over 100 groups in the community responding to calls for food support from local schools. The story also includes many groups developing a relationship and partnership with the school, resulting in providing other forms of support beyond the weekend food.
The Whole Story
The story began in 2010 when the school administration at our namesake, Sheridan Elementary School, discovered that students were stealing and hoarding food on Fridays so that they would have something to eat on the weekends. After learning of this need, The Sheridan Story was launched as a project of Mill City Church and Woodridge Church. In our first month in Fall of 2010, we provided a bag of non-perishable food each weekend to 27 students. Two years later we were able to open the program to all students at Sheridan School reaching over 300 students. Spring of 2013 brought our first expansion into another school, Delano Elementary, increasing our impact to some 350 children.
As we launched our second program in Delano Elementary, we began also developing a larger growth strategy. How can we reach the children living in food insecurity who go to other schools in the Twin Cities? What emerged is our network model of weekend food programs.
In Fall of 2013, we launched pilot programs in 3 additional schools in Minneapolis reaching a total of 500 children in 5 schools. Our pilot programs were successful, and with a few tweaks we were ready for a full launch.
Since Fall of 2013 The Sheridan Story has seen incredible growth in our impact on child hunger in the Twin Cities. Through incredible partnerships in the community, one year later (Fall of 2014) The Sheridan Story operated in 29 schools reaching nearly 1800 children and by Spring 2016 we served some 4,000 students in 96 schools. Our growth continues from there - you can see an updated map of all of our programs by clicking here.
As we look back at our history and look forward to the future, we are struck by the fact that food insecurity is a problem throughout the state and is not a one- or two-school issue. Over 200,000 children in Minnesota live in food insecurity. Our mission is to fight child hunger through developing more partnerships between the community and schools. We invite you to join with us in the fight against child hunger:
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