Principal Lynn Janes knows she is responsible for some hungry kids.
“We have a lot of students, who, the only times that they really get a full solid meal is here at school,” Janes said.
Janes is the principal at International Studies Elementary Charter School in Albany. That’s one of the 1,500 or so schools in Georgia where, because they don’t have much money, many students qualify for either low cost or free lunches. In the case of International Studies, a lot of those kids are the children of recent Latin American immigrants, many of whom lost their homes during Hurricane Michael last year.
Janes said, when she began working at International Studies it was easy to spot the kids in the cafeteria who weren’t getting enough to eat at home.
“You would see them just like scarf down the food and then just sit there why everybody else was eating. And then there were other students of ours that would just...I saw so much waste....that just would just throw the food, you know get a tray and then hardly eat anything on it,” Janes said.
“And that was very concerning to me as an elementary principal, or just as a human being.”
The fact that good food was going to waste bothered Albany resident and former teacher Cathy Revell, too. She decided to do something about it.
“It was laid on my heart that it was something I needed to do,” Revell said in the hall outside the cafeteria at International Studies Charter on a recent Friday.
“I decided I was gonna take it on and go with it.”