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Weekend on Wheels

In a school district where nearly 50% of the student population qualify for free or reduced lunch prices, it begs the question of what families can afford to feed children when they are not in school. For some students, the last meal of the week comes on Friday in the form of a government-aided free lunch from the school’s cafeteria.

To combat this problem, the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District created Weekend on Wheels (WOW). Each weekend throughout the school year, MRH students and staff prepare nutritious food packages to support MRH families in need.

The district-wide WOW Steering Committee is comprised of high school students representing a cross section of the student population, and MRH staff from each of the District’s schools. 

WOW also hosts a monthly event called Mouths of Babes in partnership with Parents as Teachers in the MRH Teen Kitchen at the High School. The purpose is to bring young moms together in an encouraging environment to prepare hot, healthy, satisfying, and efficient meals for their families.  The mothers are either
currently attending MRH High School or are recent graduates juggling work, school, and the financial strains of raising a family.  The Mouths of Babes program relies on the WOW food pantry and monetary donations.

In order to continue these weekly programs, the WOW Steering Committee works to develop fundraising strategies while still collecting, shopping, packing suitcases, and working with local churches to secure donations for families in need within our community.  

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