OUR SNACKS ARE A SIGN OF HOPE AND CARE TO KIDS WHO STRUGGLE WITH MANY ISSUES ON A DAILY BASIS, WE HOPE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE ONE SNACK AT A TIME.
Melissa lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and was nominated by a friend, Nancy. Upon retiring in 2018, Melissa and her husband started Stanley Snacks, a non-profit that provides nutritious snacks to Baltimore-area public schools for kids who suffer from food insecurity and hunger. Nancy says, “Named after her beloved beagle, Stanley, the program was built on a mention from a friend who happened to be an educator. In casual conversation, she said students who were hungry would go to the nurse looking for food. The nurse had saltine crackers, not exactly nutritious, but it was something to fill a grumbly belly. Melissa was appalled and ordered a box of granola bars, tuna kits, and shelf-stable milk to the school, signing it from Stanley, her dog, for the kids.” And so, the plan was ignited.
From the Stanley Snacks Facebook page, “When you see the fig bar, you may think of it as a snack. To the kids who are receiving it from us, it could be their breakfast or their lunch.”
Nancy says, “Stanley Snacks has hit some rough times, but she has not quit. She continues to support the original schools while caring for her husband in assisted living and plans to fulfill her goal of caring for hungry kids in our community.”
When asked about a mantra, Melissa says, “One quote I use often - Our snacks are a sign of hope and care to kids who struggle with many issues on a daily basis, we hope to make a difference one snack at a time.”
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/Stanley-Snacks-for-School-Kids-Inc-100115888006218