More than 20% of Colonial students benefit from free or reduced breakfast and lunch during the school year. Now, thanks to a donation from John Kennedy Subaru in Plymouth Meeting, several of those children will also be able to take advantage of the free meals program provided by the District for any child age 18 or younger this summer.
“To us, it’s about helping the community where we’re based. We’ve been tied to the schools for some time and donated books to the elementary schools,” said Anthony Barone, General Manager of John Kennedy Subaru. “When we heard that the donation would be going toward the summer meals program, we were thrilled. It’s important to give back locally.”
The $18,390 donation was part of Subaru of America’s national Share the Love event. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, customers who bought a car could select one option from a small group of local and national charities to receive a donation from Subaru. The total reflects more than 50 people who purchased a car at John Kennedy Subaru during that time, plus a $5,500 donation from the dealership.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to partner with John Kennedy Subaru and that so many of their customers chose to help hungry kids this summer through the Colonial School District Education Foundation,” said Denise Marks, Director of Development & Curriculum Supervisor for Career Readiness. “For some children, school meals are the only ones guaranteed for the day.”
The free summer meals program will be available at Conshohocken Elementary School and Plymouth Elementary School on Mondays through Thursdays for six weeks in the summer. There is no paperwork to participate in the program. Food Services personnel will serve any interested child age 18 or under at the school during the designated hours.