Charlotte Christian School has always fostered a passion for service – particularly regarding alleviating local hunger.
The school recently celebrated its 10th anniversary of Knights Fight Hunger Week, a program led by the Parent Teacher Fellowship that began in 2007 with the goal of providing food and service items to the Harvest Center, a local ministry that serves the homeless in the Charlotte community.
To honor the anniversary, the Harvest Center awarded the school its first Volunteer of the Year Award during a ceremony in late April.
Throughout Knights Fight Hunger Week, students compete to bring in the most supplies for the center, such as take-out trays, food service gloves and jars of peanut butter and jelly. Charlotte Christian also sponsors a yearlong “Operation Fork Wrap,” in which students wrap about 20,000 napkins with forks to use in the Harvest Center’s hot meal program.
The school community has provided 10,000 canned goods, 171,000 take-out trays, 163,000 food service gloves and 167,000 wrapped forks for the Harvest Center throughout the 10 years of the program.
In 2013, the school added another component to hunger week by partnering with Servants With a Heart, a Charlotte-based nonprofit that packs meals for children in Nicaragua.
Servants With a Heart asks schools to host packing events to help the nonprofit feed 80,000 to 100,000 children weekly in Nicaragua, as well as some local food banks.
Charlotte Christian has packed more than 397,000 meals for Servants With a Heart.
The school’s efforts toward alleviating hunger don’t end with the Fight Hunger Week. Charlotte Christian students also host packing events for Together We Feed, another Charlotte nonprofit that supports families of poverty.
Last December, Charlotte Christian’s entire student body packed 1,300 backpacks with food, hygiene products, a donated top, a book, a hope bracelet and a jacket collected through the school.
“School wide, we have developed a passion for helping the hungry,” LuAnn Durden, Charlotte Christian development assistant said at the event. “… I think we have a lot of families here that are very blessed, and it give gives them that exposure to other children with other situations and being able to love on them.”