Local nonprofit celebrates one year of feeding ‘Hungry Minds’

Nonprofit organization Hungry Minds was formed to work with school districts to prevent and eliminate school lunch debt.

Hungry Minds, Inc., a Moorestown based 501(c)3 charity operating as a private foundation is celebrating completing its first year of operation, having been formed on Sept. 12 of last year. 

Hungry Minds was formed to: work with school districts to prevent and eliminate school lunch debts for public-school students; fund and participate in other school district hunger prevention programs (food backpacks, meals for school camps, etc.); support families of public-school students who have food security issues with grocery deliveries; support other programs that feed and support the academic success of public-school students.

In its first 12 months, Hungry Minds prevented or retired $3,500 in school lunch debts working with two South Jersey public school districts. At the same time, Hungry Minds made 20 grocery and supply deliveries to 14 different families in Moorestown, Delran and Riverside — providing support to a total of 21 hungry public-school students in the process. 

Hungry Minds pays no salaries or rent. As a result, excluding legal costs and fees needed to form the charity, 81 percent of expenses during the first 12 months went to directly benefit public school students or their families. Our goal is to reach 90 percent. 

“While we are pleased to have completed our first year of operation with some positive impact on the community, so much more remains to be done,” President and Co-Founder, Debbie Hayman said. “We feel we have just scratched the surface of what we can do working with local school districts, and we seek to support more families directly as well.”

For more information on Hungry Minds, Inc. and its programs, or to request assistance from Hungry Minds, please check out our website https://www.hungrymindsnj.com or visit us on our Facebook page.