Full Bellies, Full Minds.

Over 57,000 children in Franklin County live with food-insecurity, and the 43207 zip code is one of the worst (which for many of us is less than 20 minutes from our homes). That means as many as 1 in 5 kids in our community are unsure where their next meal comes from.

At South Side Early Learning we provide students with 2 freshly prepared nutritious meals and a snack each day because we know if a child is hungry, they cannot focus in the classroom.

This fund helps support our Full Bellies, Full Minds program in providing nutritious and delicious food to our students.

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scholarship fund

Contribute to our Scholarship Fund that helps hardworking SSEL Families make sure their child receives the education he or she deserves.

Many of our programs offer state and local subsidies that help offset the costs of these programs. While these subsidies are based on income, we have families just barely unable to qualify for any assistance.

These families are doing everything right - working or going to school, but because they make just a little too much for subsidies, they aren’t able to enroll their child in a class. When you’re already living in poverty, it can be difficult and sometimes baffling to hear, “You make too much to qualify for free or reduced tuition rates.”

This fund helps close that financial gap so that families in this type of situation will have an opportunity to receive the high-quality education that every child deserves!

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Family Crisis fund

By contributing to this fund, you are helping to provide immediate assistance to families facing a financial crisis.

For instance, if a family is struggling to pay their utility bills and asks the utility company for a plan to help, typically, that utility bill must be current before a plan can be put into place. This ends up being a lose-lose situation for a family that can barely make the payment, let alone pay it up to being current!

This emergency fund would offer a one-time opportunity to assist a family in financial crisis so that their needs can be met and they can avoid having utilities turned off or avoiding a situation that might leave them homeless.