Mother Daughter Team
“Making a difference at St. Gregory School”
When Julie Silva (coordinator of the St. Gregory Nutrition Program) is not busy at the school ordering, organizing and helping to prepare the healthy bins for each classroom, she is a busy “Regulatory Compliance Officer” in the healthcare field. Her skills do shine with her volunteer work and it is quickly evident during our interview that she is extremely hardworking, organized, detail oriented, analytical and very caring mother and volunteer. She traditionally spends approximately 5 to 6 hours a week at St. Gregory School and has enlisted her daughter to help 3 days a week assisting with organizing, receiving orders, packaging and distributing food.
Alongside the mother-daughter team, there are two other volunteers who generously help two days a week as well as additional volunteer help from the Educational Assistants and approximately six student volunteers, which is deeply appreciated by Julie and her team.
Julie was proud to state that “Student volunteers are an essential piece of the support of the programs and help to ensure the collection of program usage data vital to its continued success.”
The student nutrition program has been a part of the school community for over ten years. Mrs. Jacqueline Barry initiated a breakfast program at the school in 2008 and the school switched over to the bins in the classroom program several years after that. THANK YOU very much to Mrs. Barry for caring and sharing breakfast with the students of St. Gregory.
Success Story – When asked of a success story of the program Julie was quick to answer “Developing a system to monitor and adapt the nutrition program to the community needs as well as dislikes, likes and concerns such as allergies and sensitivities. “
What is the Impact of the program at St. Gregory? – We are proud to be able to provide day-long universal access and many of the students do rely on the program to meet their daily needs.
School Fundraising for the program – St. Gregory hosts two special family Movie Nights a year to raise funds to support their program.
St. Gregory is looking for help to prepare individual packaged portions during the week and if you have time and wish to volunteer at St. Gregory please contact Erin at Nutrition for Learning for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org 519-624-5744