Food Ministry at Poe Middle School

As we head into our 8th year of helping Poe Middle School students, we recognize that the last 18 months have changed us all in various ways – and have most likely also changed our schedules and routines.  One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the number of students in our community who still go to bed at night on an empty stomach.

We have put together a brief survey which can be found here.  Please take a few minutes to share your feedback with us by September 1 on your willingness to participate in this important St. Alban’s Ministry.

Often times we need a quick reminder on “why we are doing what are doing”.  Here are some updated statistics on Poe Middle School, which will help familiarize you with the students that are right here in our backyard:

  1. School enrollment in the 2020-21 year was 973, down from 1,011 from 2019-2020.
  2. The percentage of students on the free or reduced fee meal program has declined – from 76% in 2019-20 to 68% in 2020-21.

We are not sure what this decline signifies – although the drop might reflect the chaos caused by the pandemic.  We’d like to think it is good news when you see the % drop that much, but we know there are still plenty of kids in need.

Poe Middle School’s After-School Program is amazing!  More than 80 different activities and events are offered to the students, including: academic support & enrichment, youth development, sports & recreation, fine & performing arts, and community service.  A small reminder of why we chose this ministry and why we continue to be a driving force in these young lives:

  • 85% of students agree that coming to the after-school program helped them to do better in school
  • 86% said it helped them get along better with classmates
  • 84% said it helped them get along better with teachers
  • 84% said it helped them learn about new things

On average, the number of students we fed on an every-other week basis was 300.

Volunteers are needed for four tasks:  shopping for ingredients, cooking them into a main course, transporting meals and supplies to Poe, and serving cafeteria style followed by a cleaning up.

Once again, we are so grateful for those who have participated in the past, but more importantly, we welcome all those  who would like to help out with this important ministry.  We hope you will join us as we begin the 2021-2022 school year next month!

Camille and Remy

Father Jeff

Father Jeff

The Rev. Jeff Shankles came to St. Alban’s in 2005 as assistant rector, and eventually became rector in 2013. He and his wife, Kate, have two adult children, Audrey and William.

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