Minnesota Non-Profits to Help Migrant Families this Summer
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Hundreds of migrant students and families will soon be getting help with food and school supplies from a group of charity-minded Minnesotans.
Over the weekend, volunteers and non-profit group employees packed up the supplies, which, over the next few weeks, will be delivered to more than 500 migrant families working in Minnesota fields this summer.
Jeanne Mock, director of national accounts for the Kids in Need Foundation, says part of the idea is to help create a stable environment for these families as they travel for work.
"They come not with much on their backs,” she relates. “They're exactly what is called migrant workers, so they do not stay in one place for a very long time.
“So, it's hard for kids to drag along school supplies or for them to have consistent food that's healthy and nutritious."
According to the Minnesota Department of Education, hundreds of migrant families travel to work in the state each year, which can sometimes interrupt children's education.
Several cities will be opening their schools for the summer to help.
Mock says giving out free food and school supplies is one way to help level the educational playing field for these children.
"Our mission is to provide free school supplies to students that are most in need,” she says. “And we really believe that if kids are provided with the same opportunities and school supplies to complete their work, to do homework at home, they can succeed just like every other child in the classroom."
The Kids in Need Foundation is working with the Minnesota Migrant Education Program and The Sheridan Story, an anti-hunger group, to collect and distribute the donated food and supplies.