Greetings! 

Someone asked me why I am so concerned about our students who qualify for free lunch and their families having access to food. The answer is both simple, and personal. I was one of them.
 
Did you know there are over 8900 students in the TUSD qualify for free lunches? Each one comes from a family living below the poverty line. Now with the COVID-19 crisis, even more families need food.
 
I know what feeling “different” is like. I understand the shame that comes with asking for help. I also appreciate the power of a caring community in difficult times, and I am certain there are many generous people who want to help but don’t know how. That’s why I’m inviting you to join me in supporting the efforts of the Tustin Community Foundation to help ensure that TUSD students and their families are not going hungry.
 
There are two ways you can do this. One is through a direct donation to the Tustin Community Foundation .The other is by donating non-perishable food to Families Together OC here in Tustin.
 
Tustin Unified continues to provide Grab-and-Go lunch and breakfast at no cost to all children 18 years and under. CLICK HERE to find the closest site. Still, there are many families who lack transportation or have other constraints and cannot coordinate a trip to school with their children.
 
Let’s help make sure those families are not falling through the cracks.
 
All my Best,
Allyson
Allyson Damikolas