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“This is my supper.” Student states after taking a banana and breakfast bar. “I don’t get much, if any food at home.” These statements are heard far too often by teachers, staff and administration, to help with situations like these the Critical Needs Program was established.

The Critical Needs Programs supports:
  • Provide critical needs funds to all 23 schools twice a year
  • Homeless Program
  • Supports the Got No Milk Program
  • Supports emergency lunch needs
  • Provides for the Fargo North Open Door Hybrid Pantry 
  • Provides for the Fargo South Bruin Hybrid Pantry
  • Provides for Davies Eagles Hybrid Pantry
  • Provides for the Woodrow Wilson Hybrid Pantry
  • Provides for Liz’s Closet, which supplies all three middle schools with critical and basic needs supplies for students in need.

The Critical Needs Program is organized by the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation to ensure that each and every student who needs help with basic needs receives support. A school administrator states, “We are seeing a greater number of middle school students who do not even have a winter coat. Actually, some students are constantly moving from house to house of friends, because they no longer have support from their family.” 

As families continue to struggle to support their child’s needs, students from all grades need assistance with something as simple as having warm coats, mittens and boots. A pastor from a local church explains, “Kids have a remarkable eye for disparity.” So, it is difficult for many students to admit publicly that their family just doesn’t have the resources to help with basic things that other students have. One of the programs that continues to grow in necessity is the Critical Needs Program.
The Critical Needs Program helps schools who serve low-income families and identify students most in need. All 23 schools in the Fargo Public School district have students who qualify for the free or reduced meal plan. This means that many families are struggling to make ends meet. In the past year 10 of the 23 schools had an increased number of students become eligible for free and reduced meals. Fargo Public Schools served 11,208 students in the 2016-2017 school year. Of these students 32% were on the free and reduced meal program, this amounts to over 3,500 students. The school district is also experiencing more and more families falling through the cracks and do not qualify for the free and reduced meal program, but struggle each month to make ends meet. These families are one major catastrophe away, such as a medical crisis or job loss, which will leave them in dire need of assistance. 
Within the community of Fargo, according to the U.S Census Bureau, 16.3% of our population lives below the poverty level (North Dakota state average is 11.9%). Also reported, there are 12.2% of families with youth ages 18 and younger that are living below the poverty level. This does not account for the families that are just above the poverty level but are struggling to provide their children with basic needs. 
When basic or critical needs such as appropriate clothing for inclement weather, school supplies, meals, health related needs, etc. are not met, students struggle to learn and receive a valuable education. These youth are often at-risk of missing many days of school or dropping out altogether. Meeting these basic needs helps to support a positive learning environment, because when basic needs are not being met students are not able to focus or learn.

Or you may send donations to: 

Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation 
1305 9th Avenue South
Fargo, ND 58103

Please contact us at 701.446.1041 or fpsfound@fargo.k12.nd.us

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               Phone: 701.446.1041 * Email: fpsfound@fargo.k12.nd.us
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