a basket of donated fruit, vegetables and milk cartons

The Bellevue School District has found ways to give back to the community both during the holiday season and beyond. Throughout the school year we have 11 elementary schools that participate in our Green Genius Program. The program allows students to set aside food they have not eaten during lunch such as fruit, milk and packaged vegetables. Students can put the food in donation bins at lunch and it will be donated to Hopelink, a local organization supporting people experiencing homelessness and low-income families in King and Snohomish counties.

As a whole, the Food Share program with the district has donated 12,089 pounds of food this school year! The donations from the schools equal a worth of over $20,000 and make up seven percent of the total amount of food donated from the community. This program allows us to be the biggest community donor when it comes to the amount and frequency of the donations.