Nourish 282 began in 2015 as an outreach project that provided winter outerwear, groceries and gift cards to families in need at Wilshire Park Elementary in St. Anthony, Minnesota. In January of 2016, Nourish 282 officially received their status as a 501(c)(3) charity. With the help of local businesses, community members, the school community, and civic organizations working together to ensure that the basic needs of every child within School District 282 are met.
Nourish 282's largest initiative is our Food Assistance Program. We provide aid directly to families in the form of an Aldi's gift card. Participating families receive $20 per month, per child, with a family cap of $100 per month. Parents or guardians pick up the gift card monthly at the school of their choice. The Aldi's gift cards have been a huge success for the families we serve. It allows families self-choice and we firmly believe it provides dignity as well. We fully understand that families know what is most needed for their children.
This current school year our Food Assistance Program is serving 120 students each month through the Community Center, Wilshire Park Elementary, St. Anthony Middle School and the St. Anthony Village High School. This is a 50% increase over the last school year.
Our other initiatives include a Free Store for head-to-toe outerwear in October and a Rehousing Fund to help families at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
Whether providing warm outerwear, Thanksgiving meals, extended break grocery gift cards or summer produce. Nourish 282 is ready and looking for ways to help our community.
Nourish 282 is grateful for the support of our school leadership and local community who understand that when we help children, we are shaping the future.