Several Adviser Investments colleagues represented the firm at Prospect Hill Academy’s first “Third Thursday” supper of the 2019–2020 academic year on November 15, serving food to PHA families and enjoying spirited company over a hearty meal.
PHA Charter School is a college preparatory public charter school serving grades K-12 in Cambridge and Somerville, MA. Ninety-five percent of PHA’s students continue their education at a four-year college, the majority being the first in their families to do so. As some of the region’s most diverse and successful scholars, PHA’s students are also some of the most in need of food assistance: 71% of PHA’s student population qualifies for free or reduced school meals.
The mission behind PHA’s Third Thursday dinner series is to help families stretch their food budgets as the end of the month gets near. Statistics show that for most recipients, SNAP benefits run out around the end of the third week of a given month. Plus, these dinners allow busy parents and students a night free from preparing dinner at the end of a busy day and bring the PHA community closer together.
Recognizing the profound impact hunger has on learning, concerned PHA parents have also launched a grassroots initiative to address the need for food security. This reality inspired Adviser Investments’ Women in Wealth Management Initiative to assist PHA’s students through PHA’s THRIVE food program. With the help of various partnerships, grants and corporate contributors like Adviser Investments, THRIVE volunteers work every week to collect and prepare two meals a day to sustain students (and their siblings) who do not have regular access to food during weekends and school breaks.
We’re proud of our ongoing relationship with Prospect Hill Academy and pleased to support its ambitious commitment to “Prepare each student for success in college, inspire a lifelong love of learning and foster responsible citizenship.”
To learn more about THRIVE’s efforts to eliminate food insecurity, visit their website.