Let Us Eat – Please was founded by the late James L. Cooper when he learned from his daughter, a teacher, about our New Jersey children who regularly attended school hungry.
Cooper Levenson is grateful and pleased to be able to continue the work of Let Us Eat – Please in memory and honor of its founding partner.
The program started with just one school district and has expanded each year to include additional area districts. Every two weeks over the course of summer, families identified by the school as needing assistance receive a 30-pound box of groceries, valued at more than $40, at no cost to them. Last summer, the group served enough food to make more than 25,000 meals to families in Atlantic County towns where there is a high percentage of students in the federal meal program.
Schools that have participated in the Let Us Eat – Please, Inc. program include:
- Atlantic County Special Services School District
- Egg Harbor City Public School District.
- Egg Harbor Township School District.
- Galloway Township School District.
- Hamilton Township School District.
- Somers Point School District.
School districts that are especially active in the program are Egg Harbor City Public School District (Jack Griffith, principal) and Galloway Township School District (Christine Burgess, director of student services).
Cooper Levenson thanks the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey, which donates its time and the food for the Captain’s Table fundraiser event.