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King Middle School Students Exploring Starting Food Pantry

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King Middle School Students Exploring Starting Food Pantry
Posted on 05/02/2016
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On Tuesday, May 3, King Middle School eighth-graders will host Katie Brown, executive director of The Locker Project, for a discussion about Franklin Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” – freedom from want, freedom from fear, freedom of speech, and freedom of worship.

These students are exploring each of these freedoms, derived from FDR’s 1941 State of the Union address, as part of a semester-long learning expedition that culminates later this spring. As students examine the historical context of the speech, they also study the concepts and meanings of the same freedoms today.

Brown’s appearance is an opportunity for students to learn how to enhance and maintain freedom from want in greater Portland. It also marks the beginning of a collaboration between King Middle School and The Locker Project. King students will determine how and when the school will begin its own food pantry.

The Locker Project, in partnership with the Good Shepherd Food Bank, helps ensure food security for all Maine children through local schools. The Locker Project works with schools to create programs for providing students with healthy class-time snacks and take-home food for the times they are most likely to experience hunger. The Locker Project partners with Portland Rotary, the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Full Plates/Full Potential to assist schools in getting food to hungry children.