LAPS employee helps schools

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As 2017 came to a close, Chartwell’s Food Services, the organization that feeds the staff and students for Los Alamos Public Schools, had a visit from an “elf.” This elf came to Chartwells through the help of an employee with a goal of helping to feed children.
Director of Dining Services and Chef Mia Holsapple was asked how people could help kids in need of some assistance with lunch. To the surprise of many, there is a lot of need in our community and the donation was able to provide assistance to all of our local schools.
The donor saw the need of many, especially single parents trying to find their way. “Her words were that she has been in the place of many people who have needed a hand up in life not a hand out,” said Holsapple. “She was blessed to be able to do this for others this time of the year.”
The donation was used to assist a variety of students and in a variety of ways. The donor helped students by paying down balances, paying off balances and in some cases adding funds to accounts. Now more meals would be at the ready when students return to school next week.
“Everyone needs a hand up and not a hand out from time to time,” said Holsapple. The suggestions range from helping a student that may not qualify for free or reduced meals or sponsoring a single lunch for someone in need. “We see students every day that need a helping hand during lunch.”
Those who want to fill needs in 2018 can contact Holsapple anytime. Chartwells accepts all forms or payment and can provide receipts for the donor. Holsapple is available in her office at 663-2401, via cell at 409-877-3911 or via email at Mia.Holsapple@compass-usa.com.