A Nashville middle school teacher is making big changes in her classroom. English teacher Tina Noel says hunger isn’t an easy thing to talk about with her students.
She knows that many kids live off of school lunches and breakfasts. However, it was only recently that she came to the realization that, if the only meals kids were getting were those served at school, then they must not be eating on the weekends.
“I found out at the beginning of the school year that we had a population of students who, on the weekends and breaks, didn’t have the food that they needed,” said Tina.
Tina had to take the initiative and figure out how to solve this problem, because most children don’t bring it up.
“That’s not something a child wants to tell an adult because, you know, it’s embarrassing,” she said.
Eating only five days a week is not an option. So Tina posted a message on Facebook seeking food donations.
“I found out specifically about one student, and it broke my heart,” she said. “We supply free breakfast and lunch in Davidson County but when they leave on the weekends, a lot of these kids don’t have food.”
Tina cleared out her bookshelves and made way for snacks and non-perishable food items that kids can take home. This new food pantry is not just for the kids in her class — any student in need is welcome to fill up their backpacks with food.