Mission: To fight child hunger through community and school partnerships.
The Sheridan Story fights child hunger by providing hungry children with a supply of non-perishable food for the weekend. Instead of The Sheridan Story simply dropping off food at a school, which results in little relationship, we enable and facilitate the development of partnerships between churches and schools.
Over 212,000 children in Minnesota live in food insecurity; over 100,000 of those are in the Twin Cities. Studies have indicated that children who participate in programs that provide a weekend food supply experience increased self-esteem, improved behavior at school, better academic performance, significant improvement in standardized test scores, increased interest in school, and better relationships with school personnel.
The Sheridan Story’s role begins with facilitating partnerships between churches and the schools. After the partnership is formed, our role intentionally moves into the background. There, The Sheridan Story manages the operations of the food portion of the project. The Sheridan Story’s operational role allows churches to focus on partnering with the school to distribute food to the children while also developing an intentional relationship with the school. In addition to our goal of providing food to hungry children, The Sheridan Story endeavors to build church-to-school partnerships that will result in a stronger sense of community, opening doors to other opportunities for the churches to serve their partner schools.
Since it’s inception (and its involvement with Innové) The Sheridan Story has grown from one school, Sheridan School, to forming 25 church-to-school partnerships. Every Friday, these partnerships provide food for the weekend to about 1700 children who live in food insecurity.
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