Search form

Elementary School Teacher Helps the Hungry For the Holidays

Elementary School Teacher Helps The Hungry For The Holidays

What started as a simple wish on Facebook is going to help feed millions of families across the United States. After hearing about Capital One's holiday #WishForOthers campaign, Maggie Hillman shared her wish on Facebook that fewer families would have to worry about finding food this holiday season.

Inspired by Hillman's post, Capital One is donating five million meals to Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization.

"I have many students who come to school hungry every day. Trying to focus on a math problem or learning how to read is much more difficult to accomplish with a growling stomach," said Hillman, a fourth grade teacher in Kingstree, S.C. "Seeing this firsthand, when I heard about #WishForOthers, I was inspired to ask that fewer students and their families across the U.S. struggle to put food on the table."

Hillman learned that her wish was being granted when she was surprised with the news on an episode of “The Rachel Ray Show.”

Feeding America will direct a portion of the donation to the Lowcountry Food Bank to support its childhood hunger programs, including Kids Cafe, BackPack Buddies, Summer Feeding and School Pantry Program.

"In the United States, nearly 16 million children face hunger, which can have serious implications on their growth and development," said Leah Ray, Senior Vice President of Development for Feeding America. "Programs like our BackPack Program and school pantries feed millions of children each year, and with support from donors like Capital One, we can provide even more food to more children in need. We are so thankful to Maggie for her wish, which will impact countless little ones and their families this holiday season and all year long."

Read the full story and comment below.

Article by Daniel B. Kline, Education World Contributing Editor

Latest Education News
What better way to promote summer learning than to engage in STEM activities?
Why Singapore's math curriculum is creating the world's best and brightest in the subject.
Sexual assault cases persist from elementary school up through college, so what's the solution to make schools safer?
Some experts are arguing that more classrooms that utilize blended learning will help decrease the high number of...
Parents in the Hazelwood School District are no different than many parents across the country in that they don't...