Programs & Services
Nourish 282 currently provides food relief for
District 282 students and a Free Store for winter outerwear in the Fall.
Food Assistance Program
Our largest initiative is our Food Assistance Program. After years of partnering with an agency that provided a weekly supplement of non perishable items, we have adopted a new approach in how we serve. In an effort to give families the dignity of self choice and fresh, healthy food options, we have moved to a monthly grocery store gift card. Each month, parents or guardians pick up a gift card at their school of choice. We provide $20 a month per child enrolled in the program, with a family cap of $100 a month. We hope to offset the rising cost of groceries for our clientele. This program is available to all students in the district, pre-K through 12, and families self choose participation.
How to help?
Our greatest need is monetary funding. We are a small non profit with a 100% volunteer workforce. We cannot support our local families without your help, please consider a donation today.
In early October, Nourish 282 accepts donations from our generous community of new and gently used outerwear items. A Free Store is set up for families to shop for jackets, snow pants, hats, mittens/gloves, scarves and boots. All items are free to the families and any items 'out of stock' on the shopping day will be purchased and given directly to the child in need. Each year we typically outfit more than 50 students head-to-toe in outerwear. In coordination with the Free Store event, a community meal is served for families to enjoy together.
How to help?
Consider donating new or gently used outerwear to Nourish 282 to help keep a child warm during the cold winter months. Please email us regarding giving opportunitites and times of the year that they are accepted.
Affordable Housing Initiative
Nourish 282 understands that real affordable, stable housing is essential in building community. In the summer of 2017, we watched as so many families living in the Lowry Grove Mobile Home Park were displaced. It really shed light on the misnomer that is affordable housing. We hope to grow this fund and its impact to include aid to families at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Assistance could include, but is not limited to, storage rental fees, gas money/bus passes, rental subsidy, repair on mobile home, etc. Assistance from the Affordable Housing Initiative requires an application process. Applicants are not guaranteed acceptance.
How to help?
Our greatest need is monetary funding. We cannot support our local families without your help, please consider a donation today.