In 2016, Marketsmith extended its Bring Dinner Home initiative to raise funds throughout the year for sustaining the Camden Street School’s STEAM Room (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) a program for early childhood learning, as well as the Camden Cares Room, to support families with services like free laundry services, diapers and school supplies throughout the year. We are continuing this program again this year, and will kick off the new season with our annual Bring Dinner Home Thanksgiving dinner event at Camden Street on November 14. In addition to offering a family meal to the Camden Street community, Marketsmith will be collecting coats and grocery gift cards to distribute at the event.
In the past five years, the literacy rate of Newark’s Camden Street School has improved and surpassed both the state and city average improvement rate.
There is an undeniable and profound connection between hunger and a child’s ability to succeed in school, and in life. That’s why, in partnership with Principal Sam Garrison, Monica C. Smith and Amy Allan Smith chose to adopt Camden Street Elementary School for the “Bring Dinner Home” program in 2011. Their goal was to offer children and their families meaningful proof that others care about their well-being and futures. As the school motto promises, Camden Street is where students get the skills they need to achieve their dreams.
The obstacles faced by the students of The Camden Street School are immense:
But, thanks to Bring Dinner Home and your support, those obstacles are being overcome every single day, and the impact we’ve had has been gratifying:
The Camden Street School has seen an increase in its academic performance every year by at least 6% as evidenced by NJASK and PARCC.
“I believe those of us who have found success owe it to this world to make it a better place. This is my mission: to end hunger for the children in our state and to ensure that the obstacles to learning are removed. Every child deserves to be fed, safe and educated. It is that simple.”
We encourage other businesses in New Jersey and everywhere to use the Bring Dinner Home model and adopt a deserving school in your area. It will make a positive difference in the lives of the children and, as we can attest from our own incredible experience, will have a profound impact on the spirit of your employees.
Ask Anne Picone at Marketsmith, Inc. for more information.
To find out more about Bring Dinner Home 2016, to volunteer, or to begin the adoption process of a school near you, contact:
Anne Picone at Marketsmith, Inc.
If you are interested in donating to our event, arrange a pick-up date with Anne Picone or drop off at the Marketsmith Headquarters:
2 Wing Drive
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
We cannot thank our supporters enough for making Bring Dinner Home possible each year. Thank you to the following contributors for ongoing support: