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Holdeman Students Pack Meals to Feed 40,0000 People

Post Date:11/21/2019

Cigna meals event group shot“40,000 meals so that no one has to go hungry.” 

This was the slogan at a special event that happened this week at Holdeman Elementary, which resulted in families across the nation being fed, thanks to efforts from Holdeman students. In a joint partnership with Cigna’s Good Deeds program, Feeding Children Everywhere and Holdeman Elementary, on Wednesday, November 20 students packaged 40,000 meal kits that will be shipped across the country to families in need. 

November 20 also happened to be International Children’s Day – and it was fitting for students to spend the morning helping other children. The day, designated by the United Nations and recognized around the world, is set aside to advocate for children’s rights and improve children’s welfare. 


Students spent the morning scooping, measuring and pouring rice, beans, and other non-perishable food items to create meal kits. The room was filled with energy as students worked together with volunteers from Cigna and Feeding Children Everywhere. 


“What a great day! So much fun and what a great feeling to give back! Our students loved it!” said Holdeman Elementary Principal Dr. Jeff Shores. Cigna food packing


“After the event, teachers shared how impactful they felt the experience was to their students. Students felt good about giving back and having an opportunity to be part of something bigger,” said Assistant Principal Fatima Hughes. “Feeding Children Everywhere staff also made it a point to share that we have a great group of kids. Opportunities like this, where we come together as a community for a greater good, strengthens the culture of our school community.”


Out of the 40,000, approximately 500 meal kits will be saved to give to Holdeman families. 


This event took place thanks to a new partnership between Cigna and Holdeman Elementary. Cigna has pledged to contribute significant funds to help build community at Holdeman and help put children on a healthy path.