Weaver Street Market in Hillsborough began a fundraiser with Orange County Schools at the end of this past summer to help feed children over the holiday season who are on free and reduced lunch plans.
The fundraiser uses a “round up” system where Weaver Street customers can choose to round up their bills to the next highest whole number. The extra change paid by customers goes straight to the Orange County Schools fundraiser.
Seth Stephens, chief communications director for Orange County Schools, said he remembers seeing food insecurity when he was a teacher.
“I remember the day when I first realized that I had a good number of kids in each of my classes that didn’t get fed unless they were in school," he said. "My story is not unique."
Jane McIver, a retired teacher and current part-time ESL teacher at Central Elementary School in Hillsborough, said many families at Central create their household budget knowing the children will receive breakfast and lunch at school.