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Holiday Giving

For kids relying on the Free and Reduced Lunch program through the city schools, holiday breaks can often be a time without consistent meals.

Each year during the winter holiday, the Holiday Giving program works with Charlottesville City Schools to send bags of shelf stable and nutritious food home with the students participating in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program on the Toy Lift in the lower elementary schools.

Beginning with one school in 2009, then expanded in 2010 after a generous donation by The Hook’s Restaurant Week proceeds, the Holiday Giving program now mobilizes nearly 100 volunteers to pack over 475 bags (including shelf stable products, meal starters and spice packets made by our Chef in Training students).