Pictured, L-R: Laurie Curry, WPS Food Services Coordinator; Dave Carper, Store Manager at Martin’s Pleasant Valley; Nancy Mango, Program Coordinator at Bright Futures Frederick/Winchester; Dr. Veronique Walker, WPS Equity and Family Empowerment Coordinator; Dr. Jason Van Heukelum, WPS Superintendent
Martin’s on Pleasant Valley Road donated $15,531.65 to Winchester Public Schools (WPS) as part of the company’s Feeding School Kids initiative. The funds will be used to provide meals for city students on the weekends through Bright Futures Frederick/Winchester.
From Jan. 1 - Feb. 28, customers at Martin’s stores were able to round up their grocery purchase to the nearest dollar to make a donation to local public schools’ food programs. The Pleasant Valley location donated to Winchester Public Schools and other stores in the area donated to Frederick County Public Schools, passing these donations directly to our community.
WPS is distributing the funds to Bright Futures Frederick/Winchester, an organization whose Food Pack Program helps feed local children when they are not in school. Bright Futures Program Coordinator Nancy Mango said, “We feed about 1,200 kids every weekend between the city and county combined. We fill in where the schools stop.” Breakfast and lunch items are packed into bags and bags are distributed at each school to students whose families have self-identified as needing support.
This funding comes at a critical time when food prices are increasing but budgets are remaining the same. Dave Carper is the Manager of the Pleasant Valley Martins.
“Feeding kids is a value of Martin’s stores, and we are so happy we can help the community in this way.”
Pictured: WPS staff member Beth Lehman distributes food bags to students at Garland Quarles Elementary School