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October 20, 2017
Help us address Hunger, Homelessness in Allendale Schools

Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week November 11 - 18 is "Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week"

No one should have to worry about having food to eat or a place to live. The reality is hunger and homelessness are widespread problems that affect many people every day, including students in Allendale Public Schools.

To raise awareness and assist families in need, the school district is observing "Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week" November 11 - 18.

Here are some quick facts regarding Homelessness in Ottawa County & Allendale:

  • In 2016, over 1100 Ottawa County students were considered homeless.
  • There are currently more than 40 Allendale students listed as Homeless or living in Transitional Housing.
  • The average age of a homeless person is nine (9) years old.
  • Ottawa County has only three emergency shelter service providers. They will not take unaccompanied youth until they are 18 years old.

"Allendale Public Schools staff are dedicated to ensuring students are receiving the resources they need to make education a priority, and not impossible," says Kari Wiersema, Student Support Services Coordinator for Allendale Schools.