Fuel Up at Perry Harrison School is a backpack food program which provides students with nutritious meals and snacks for weekends and other breaks from school. Families whose children are eligible for the Free and Reduced meal program are encouraged to apply to participate in the Fuel Up program if they feel their children are not getting adequate food at home. The school guidance counselor and social workers select the students to be served. Parent volunteers and other students do not know which students are participating in the program, as bags are filled anonymously and distributed discreetly.   
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Fuel Up “Adopt-A-Box” Project for Spring Break

The Winter Break “Adopt-a-Box” Project was such a huge success and the number of students served through the Fuel Up program has grown to 43…so, we are reprising this project for Spring Break!

What is the Fuel Up "Adopt-a-Box" Project?

In order to provide enough food for the 9-day Spring Break for each of the children who participate in Fuel Up at PHS, we provide a list of shelf-stable items and ask members of the community to shop for those items for a specific child. While people won’t know the child's name, they will know whether they are shopping for a boy or a girl and which grade the child is in.  Many of our previous “adopt-a-box” sponsors who participated in this project for the winter holidays have said that this is a great service project for their families.  J

How Can I Participate?

 •If you'd like to "adopt" a box (or three), please send an e-mail to Jennifer Buckmire: gaganbuck@hotmail.com or call my cell phone: 919-357-2463. I'll send you a note telling you the "Fuel Up number," gender and grade of the child(ren) whose box(es) you've "adopted," along with a detailed shopping list.

•You would simply shop for the items on the list, label brown paper grocery bags containing the items on the list with your adoptee's Fuel Up number, and drop them off at Perry Harrison School between 8:00-10:00am on Friday, April 4th. (Bags can also be dropped off at my house before April 4th if you call or email to make special arrangements.)

•If you would like to participate, but you're not able to shop for the food items yourself, another volunteer will be happy to do the shopping for you! Simply write a check to "Fuel Up at PHS" with "Spring Break Box" on the memo line (The cost per box is approximately $50). Checks can be dropped off at Perry Harrison School's office or sent to school in an envelope marked "For Fuel Up."

•The approximate cost of the food on the list is $50.00.

Thanks so much for your continued support of Fuel Up at PHS!

Volunteer Opportunities for 2013 - 2014 
    If you are interested in volunteering on the Fuel Up committee, we need people willing to help set up on campus (days of the week and timeframes are flexible, pending training and discussion with Fuel Up coordinator) or to pack bags (on campus) from 8:00-9:30 on Wednesday mornings or distribute bags to teachers 2:35-3:05 on Wednesday afternoons. You could volunteer weekly, once a month, or just occasionally. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Jennifer Buckmire - gaganbuck(at)hotmail.com or Sarah Blake Finigan - sb.finigan(at)gmail.com
      Set up for first pack will be Sept 9-10 and packing will start Sept 11 @ 800am.

      Supported by the Carolina Meadows Community Grants Program, area churches, Scout Troops, and private donations.
      Fuel Up at Perry Harrison School is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization