BATESVILLE, Ark. – More than 13 million kids in this country go to school hungry and one in five children in the U.S. don’t have access to enough food, according to national statistics by NoKidHungry.org.
However, a group of high school students at Batesville High School has brewed up a plan to help put an end to hunger in their hometown – one “kup” of coffee at a time.
“There are so many kids in our district that go without food over the weekend,” says Lauren McDaniel, a student at Batesville High School. “Monday morning when they get breakfast that’s the first meal they have had in a long time.”
Lauren McDaniel, Lily Gillihan, Jack Allen, and Madison Denham have started a program that is helping to alleviate child hunger in their area.
“It’s called Kups for Kids and we donate the money from our sales to help fill local schools pantries,” says Lily Gillihan.
The coffee program was created by EAST (Education Accelerated by Service and Technology), which helps provide students the opportunity to take on a leadership and life-changing educational experience.
Teachers and students buy coffee, cappuccino or hot chocolate in the commons area of Batesville High School each day.
“When we were thinking about what to do we started joking about selling coffee,” says Jack Allen. “We never expected it to be such a success.”
The project raises funds to help alleviate hunger for local children in need but also provides money to sustain itself. In a week the in-school coffee bar makes anywhere from $75 to $100 a week. The students have also partnered with local community businesses that have also donated money to support their cause.
“I was taken away by how many people and business just offered to help,” says Lauren McDaniel.