Palm Beach Day Academy students, family, faculty and friends joined together on February 11, with hair nets and gloves, to package meals for hungry children in Palm Beach County. Marking the fourth year Palm Beach Day Academy students participated in “Palm Beach Unites,” the hunger project through Feeding Children Everywhere, the impactful day meant more than 150,000 meals were packaged by over 1,000 volunteers to help feed local hungry children.
The annual volunteer initiative united Palm Beach Day Academy with local organizations including The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Glades Academy, New Hope Charities, Palm Beach County Food Bank, Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach and United Way of Palm Beach County.
“Community service is an integral part of the students’ lives throughout their time at Palm Beach Day Academy,” said Frances Fisher, PBDA parent leader. “With every project, students are helping to make a powerful difference in the lives of others. When students heard the statistic that one in six Palm Beach County children is food insecure, they wanted to take the lead and make today a huge success. Because of their determination and leadership, we were able to package more than 150,000 meals for hungry families in Palm Beach County.”
Comprised of lentils, white rice, dehydrated vegetables and pink Himalayan salt, the Feeding Children Everywhere meal is all-natural with no artificial flavorings, as well as a sustainable addition to the daily diet. The Palm Beach Unites project brings these multiple organizations together to mobilize the volunteers to spend their shift scooping, measuring and packaging healthy meals for families in need throughout Palm Beach County.
Striving always for the highest academic excellence, Palm Beach Day Academy has grown from a cottage colony school started in 1921 into an innovative, top-ranked day school serving nearly 500 students from the greater Palm Beach area. The educational program, for age 2 through grade 9, exemplifies the school’s vision to provide exceptional opportunities for academic development, intellectual growth, artistic and physical self-fulfillment, and moral awareness. Palm Beach Day Academy is located on two campuses 1.3 miles apart in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach. For more information, visit pbday.org or call 561.655.1188.