CEDHP Packages 5K Meals for Tangelo Park Elementary School

Donning red hairnets, the faculty, staff, students, and community made a difference by packaging 5,000 jambalaya meals for Tangelo Park Elementary School families in an hour.

CEDHP is in partnership with Tangelo Park. In the past, the college has provided assessments for use by school administrators, professional development for teachers, special events for students, and packed up items during a move to a new facility last year. Additionally, the school has been an excellent site for field-based experiences for our college’s students.

Community Engagement Coordinator Dr. Brenda Thompson and Graduate Recruitment Coordinator Jordan Grushka organized a Hunger Project with Feeding Children Everywhere, a nonprofit organization that is committed to fighting global hunger by providing healthy meals to those in need.

The CEDHP embarked upon a fundraising effort to pay for the ingredients, equipment, and materials during the hands-on activity.

Many of the Tangelo Park children receive free and reduced lunches and rely on the school’s food pantry during the academic year. Dr. Thompson says the food-packaging event for summer meals is a first for the organization and plans are underway to make it a signature CEDHP event.

“The Hunger Project is all about the students,” said Thompson. “We want to make sure they have nutritious meals, so hunger doesn’t become an issue for them during the summer months.”

Tangelo Park Elementary School’s Principal Christie Ray boxed up jambalaya packages during the Hunger Project and says the meals are one less burden for her students to be concerned about after the last day of school in May.

“Kids shouldn’t have to worry about where their meals are coming from and can be fed and happy during the summer thanks to the UCF College of Education and Human Performance and Feeding Children Everywhere Hunger Project.”