F.U.E.L. stands for Food Underpinning Education and Learning. It is a program to bring food to school children who don’t get enough to eat on the weekends and are in need of better nutrition.
Some children come to school hungry. When children are hungry it is difficult for them to fully participate in and benefit from activities and experiences offered at school. Children who are hungry often have poor attention spans, may be listless, or even agitated.
52% of all students and 59 % of elementary students in Craven County Schools are eligible for the federal free/reduced meal program. Eligibility for this federal program is based on the family’s income. This means that almost 60% of the children in elementary school in Craven County come from families who may have difficulty providing adequate food for their family.
The percentage of children on the federal program varies greatly from school to school. In Craven County elementary schools the percentage varies from a low of 33% to a high of 83%. Currently F.U.E.L. is active at Oaks Road Elementary school which has the highest percentage of children on the federal program.