Summer Lunch: Kids and teens from our Villa de Guadalupe apartment rental community in Orosi received free nutritious breakfast and lunch through a partnership with the organization Share Our Strength and their program No Kid Hungry.
This two-week pilot program helped implement solutions that deliver healthy food to children in rural communities during the summer break. The pilot model brought the food closer to the homes of the children and allowed for the flexibility of picking the meals up by either the children, parents or designated proxies to take them back to their homes.
Children, 18 and under, received a complete breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday; on Fridays children received additional meals for both Saturday and Sunday. Each meal met the federal nutrition standards, which includes two servings of fresh fruit and/or vegetables, two servings of whole grains, protein and milk.
We thank the Cutler-Orosi Unified School District and the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission for preparing and delivering breakfast and lunch for up to 75 children daily.
Children from Arvin to Madera received new backpacks filled with school supplies to start the new school year.
Self-Help Enterprises partnered with Madera Star 399, Madera Star 212, and Clawson Motorsports who generously donated backpacks to over 100 children from kindergarten to sixth grade who reside at our Casas de la Vina apartment rental community in Madera and Villa del Rey apartment rental community in Del Rey.
About 20 members of the riding organizations arrived in motorcycles to deliver the backpacks and school supplies. Through our continuing partnership and commitment to education, more than 1,700 backpacks with school supplies have been donated to children of Self-Help Enterprises' communities in the last several years.
Self-Help Enterprises also partnered with Wells Fargo and Assemblymember Rudy Salas to donate backpacks to children who reside in three of our apartment rental communities. Through this partnership, 84 students from Solinas Village in McFarland, 71 students from Caliente Creek in Arvin, and 67 students from Lincoln Plaza in Hanford received new backpacks complete with a binder, pencils, pens, notebooks, scissors, and a calculator.
The backpack donations, combined with our after-school programs offered at the apartment rental communities, help prepare students to succeed and build the next generation of leaders.