Operation Nourish is a Children’s Feeding Program which started as a pilot program at the Lincoln School in 2011. Operation Nourish has expanded over the years and currently we are serving over 1,000 students throughout 20 schools. Selected Students at the Bartlett, Cardinal O’Connell Early Learning Center, Collegiate Charter School of Lowell, Greenhalge, Lincoln, McAuliffe, Moody, Morey, Murkland, STEM Academy at the Rogers School and the Washington Elementary Schools receive a bag of nutritious food twice a month on selected Fridays to reduce weekend hunger. We also added the Harrington School in Chelmsford for the 2019-2020 School Year.
Additionally, the MVFB provides a box of healthy snacks and beverages monthly to the Nurse or Guidance Office at the B.R.I.D.G.E Program at the David J. McHugh Alternative Middle School, LeBlanc Therapeutic Day School, Lowell High Freshmen Academy, Stoklosa, Sullivan & Robinson Middle Schools as well as Middlesex Community College – Out Of School Youth Program.
In 2017 we assisted students in Ms. Lander’s Generation Citizens Class with opening a Food Pantry in Lowell High School’s B House-called the Mill Market. G.L.T.H.S. also opened a Food Pantry in June 2018!
Like other impoverished communities, the City of Lowell continues to experience a high rate of Children receiving supplemental food from emergency food providers. For the past three years children under the age of 18 have consistently represented nearly one third of the recipients obtaining food from Lowell’s food pantries and meal programs. In 2019 our Summer Lunch program served 9,144 lunches and snacks to Lowell youth.
National research shows that children who eat regular healthy meals have a greater attention span and ability to learn, exhibit higher test scores, and have fewer physical and mental health problems. An investment in children’s health is an investment in our country’s economic health. Children, whose bodies and brains are in their most rapid period of growth, are vulnerable to even short-term deprivation. Operation Nourish is working to ensure that Lowell students have the basic building blocks for healthy bodies and minds.