Since its creation in 2006, the Hatboro-Horsham High School's Feed-A-Friend program has helped more than 1,000 households or, on average, more than 4,000 of our own district's students and their families in need.
This district-wide initiative identifies and assists more than 100 families from Hatboro and Horsham Twp. communities every year. The students from our district schools and their families are provided three weeks worth of food, all the ingredients for a large family meal and gifts over the holidays and throughout the year.
The entire program is for students and implemented by students, hence the name- Feed-A-Friend. In 2013, the program received $1000 and 3rd place nationally in the USA Today sponsored "Lead 2 Feed" competition which honors young people taking the initiative to serve others in their own community.
This grass roots program starts with the gathering of names from guidance counselors, administrators and teachers who know students who are struggling and need the most help from our own local population.
A 2 week community food and toy drive gathers a toy for every child on the list and enough food to feed them for weeks. We will identify at least 100 or more families every year from our district, grades K-12.
This program was born of a simple idea- that we, as educators can do so much more than just teach the lessons in a classroom. And by providing young people with the opportunity to achieve greatness- they will for the rest of their lives as well.
In 2009, another idea- to provide not just food to the families of this district, but also help make the children's holiday more "magical." "Magical Mornings" was born and complements "Feed-A-Friend."
Both are designed to provide relief for our young people and their families and also for all to understand the value in aiding their fellow students and identifying that need for the rest of their lives.
Imagine the power and lessons we are teaching these children by providing them an opportunity to work side-by-side for a common cause. In just a few hours together, over the course of month; hundreds of students, showing not only school spirit, but the human spirit as well. They fill our streets, interact with our residents and provide an astonishing amount of service to their own community. The “Feed-A-Friend” food drive, since its inception eight years ago, has always been about identifying the need of our own students, in our own schools and using the army of school population to serve them. As we say, “ONE VISION, ONE MESSAGE, ONE SCHOOL”.
Dave & Sue Ellen Thomas- Founders and HH Student Council Advisers