In order to achieve equitable access to arts education, Red House Arts Center, Inc. and Erin’s Angels partnered in 2022 and 2023 to ensure students attending Redhouse in-house programs were given equitable access to nutritional food and snacks while attending full-day programs. With upwards of 60-70% of families in Syracuse suffering from food insecurity, this partnership was an integral part of providing programs to students in a way that sets them up for success.
In just the first month of camps, Erin’s Angels provided 260 boxed lunches for Redhouse students, making the students feel confident and secure while at camps. In many situations, lunch and snack time - watching other children pull out fresh food and drinks - can be a cause of extreme stress for a child suffering from food insecurity. In addition to the hunger, they feel a sense of shame, like they are lesser than their peers, and oftentimes these feelings are also accompanied by embarrassment.
To mobilize individuals, the community and resources to provide food for kids in need. Want to partner with us? Email Sheila today.
Connie DeShais, Sheila Dion & Jackie Flint