Highlights the correlation between at-home hunger and literacy deficiencies.
Each November, the Foundation hosts a community-wide 30 hour fast to highlight the 30 million word gap faced by students from low-income homes. Sixty-four percent of students in the Sioux City Community School District utilize the free and reduced price lunch program, meaning nearly 6,000 of Sioux City’s children are faced with food insecurity at home. This deficiency correlates directly to literacy rates as low-income students hear up to 30 million fewer words than their classmates before entering kindergarten. This word gap is a huge hurdle for students as they are learning to read and write.
Participants in the 30/30 Project fast are asked to pledge or collect $10 for every hour fasted, with the goal of each volunteer raising $300. In 2016, the Foundation partnered with Morningside Elementary STEM School and the North High School Food Bank by hosting an engineering-themed wrap party and canned food drive.