Nonprofit donates fresh produce

Nonprofit donates fresh produce, former student returns to roots
Posted on 09/08/2022
Morganton, NC – Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022

In addition to meeting teachers and receiving school supply lists, Forest Hill Elementary School families received a bonus at the school’s open house: fresh produce to take home. Former Forest Hill student Jenner Wall and the nonprofit she runs – Community Kindness, Inc. – supplied the produce. Wall started the nonprofit almost two and a half years ago in the Charlotte area and wanted to return to her roots in Burke County.

Wall said, “I had to come back to my alma mater. Feeding people is important and so is giving people a head start. We know if students' stomachs are full they are able to concentrate and learn better in school. We are excited to be here and to be able to give back to the community.”

Families received a large grocery bag of fresh fruits and vegetables on their way out of the open house. Part of Community Kindness, Inc.’s mission is to make sure the food they give out is healthy and to teach how to maintain that healthy lifestyle. The bags included fresh corn, cabbage, onions, a variety of other fruits and vegetables and a recipe to use at home.

Nikki Costello, principal at Forest Hill Elementary said, “We are so thankful for Jenner Wall and her willingness to help our students. This was such a joy to see as our students were coming back into our buildings for the new school year.”

Dr. Mike Swan, superintendent of Burke County Public Schools said, “Thank you so much to Community Kindness, Inc. for making a difference and choosing to help our students. Making sure they are properly fed is very important to their wellbeing and education. It is inspiring to see a former student return to help the next generation.”
In compliance with federal law, Burke County Public Schools administers all educational programs, employment activities, and admissions without discrimination against any person based on gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability.