About Full Circle Food Outreach
Full Circle Food Outreach is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Wesley Chapel, Florida that provides backpacks filled with healthy, easy to prepare food for students who are dependent on free or reduced school meals. Our goal is to support a child’s development and educational experience by bridging the gap between school meals during weekends.
Our mission is to remove the negative impacts of hunger, and empower a child to get the most out of their education and development by providing them weekly access to healthy, easy to prepare meals.
We offer services to every student in the schools we serve. All students on a free or reduced meal plan are automatically approved for enrollment in our program. Any student who is not part of the lunch program can apply for enrollment in our program and will be approved on a first come – first serve basis, as funds allow. We do not ask our students or families to verify income. If a student is hungry, we believe they should be provided food. We also maintain open enrollment in our program, as we understand that school populations change, as do the needs of the communities we serve.
Focus on Health
We work to align all aspects of our organization with opportunities to ensure each backpack provided includes healthy grains, fruits, vegetables, and protein so our students and their families can easily prepare the healthiest meal possible.
We aim strengthen our volunteer-base daily, which brings new ideas, energy, support, and love into our organization. It is our goal to provide our community with a local, positive, hands-on volunteer experience. We welcome volunteers of all ages and encourage student and team volunteerism. Our volunteer base packs and distributes food, organizes our pantry, and supports our events. We depend on our volunteers to help make our work possible.
Meet the Team
Full Circle Food Outreach was founded in 2018 by two concerned parents and a dedicated teacher. After seeing a need in their elementary school and previously volunteering with a backpack program in Northwest Florida, the three put their heads together and decided to offer a backpack program to local students in need.
Board of Directors
Founder & President
Amber’s background is in marketing and graphic design, mainly in the real estate industry. Her experience in marketing allows her to fully promote Full Circle Food Outreach to local schools and our community. She has also volunteered with several non-profit organizations throughout her life serving children, families and pets in need. Amber is dedicated to the success of Full Circle’s backpack program and is excited to introduce the program to Wesley Chapel.
With a professional background in mathematics and analysis, Paul provides detailed planning and support to the team. He and his family relocated to Wesley Chapel in 2016. Paul also enjoys working with his children and coaching local recreational sports.
Susan is a 3rd grade teacher at Double Branch Elementary School in Wesley Chapel. She has been working with students and teaching for several decades and previously taught at Tampa Bay Christian Academy. Susan sees first-hand the effects that hunger causes for students and is passionate about Full Circle’s program. Her insight and knowledge of our current school system and access to the county school network makes her an excellent addition to the team.